Wenger set to gamble on injured Cesc for Champions League showdown

08 March 2010 10:16
Vital to the team: Cesc Fabregas celebrates his goal against Burnley

Injured Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will be risked in tomorrow's Champions League clash with Porto at the Emirates - because manager Arsene Wenger feels they can't win without him.

Fabregas is doubtful after limping off during the 3-1 Premier League defeat of Burnley at the weekend - after opening the scoring -  and will have a scan today after suffering tightness in the same hamstring that kept him out for three weeks last month.

But Wenger is ready to start with the 22-year-old Spain midfielder as the Gunners attempt to turn around a 2-1 first leg deficit.

He told The Sun: 'I'm ready to take the gamble. But if there is more than a 50 per cent chance of his hamstring going I will not take it.

'You look at the Fabregas numbers and they are amazing - 14 goals and 15 assists. He's a fantastic player with fantastic attitude and commitment.

He shoot, he scores.Cesc Fabregas nets as many as he sets up

'And what people forget, an unbelievable work-rate, too. This season he has taken a big step forward, massive.  At 22 years of age he has matured.'

Arsenal have been by Sol Campbell's recovery from a muscle injury  but fellow defender William Gallas misses out again with a calf injury.

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Source: Daily_Mail