Daily Archives: February 24, 2011

Breaking: Fabregas out of Cup Final, Walcott out for longer.


Our worst fears have been confirmed, our captain fantastic Cesc Fabregas is out of the Carling Cup Final. But there is more disturbing news that just the captain’s absence.

The Spaniard hobbled off in the early stages of the win over Stoke on Wednesday night with a hamstring problem and, immediately, fears were raised about his involvement in Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley.

Speaking exclusively to TV Online on this evening evening, Arsène Wenger confirmed the bad news. But, thankfully, his absence is not expected to be long. While the manager was clear on the captain’s involvement this weekend, He would not be drawn on the chances of Fabregas being fit for Barcelona on March 8.

It is a very small injury but certainly Cesc will be out for Sunday,” said the Frenchman. “For how long [beyond that] I don’t know but definitely for Sunday. He is disappointed. We all feel sorry and sad for him. The only way we help him now is to win the Carling Cup as he contributed a lot in this competition. It is very difficult to give a deadline,” said Wenger. “It is impossible.”

Theo Walcott will also miss the Carling Cup Final after being stretchered off in the same game. Again, the problem may be relatively short term.
Said Wenger:

I saw him this morning, he has a classic ankle sprain. We don’t think there is any more damage to it. But it is still a sprain. We are sad for him too. He is out for Sunday and maybe one or two more weeks more.”

I still feel we should be able to overcome Birmingham without Cesc and Walcott but whether we can match Barcelona without Walcott’s pace and Cesc’s genius is an issue for another day.

Meanwhile, today is a special day for us on this blog as it’s exactly a year since we started this little special thing. It’s not been a bed of roses but here we are, still doing what we do best.

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