In what appears to be a precautionary measure, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas shall not travel with his teammates to tomorrow night’s UEFA Champions League Group H fixture with Shakhtar Donetsk.
The player is believed to be suffering from a slight hamstring problem, but is expected to be fit for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle.
Arsenal’s weekend goal hero, Alex Song, and midfielder Denilson are also doubtful to feature in the UEFA fixture, as is Russian Andrei Arshavin: all three players are carrying slight knocks.
Arsenal currently sit on top of Group H with a 100% record and will hope to secure their place in the next phase of the Champions League with a win on Wednesday night. They will have to do so without Fabregas as his niggling hamstring is enough to convince Arsene Wenger to rest his best player, particularly in light of the hamstring troubles the Spaniard has suffered in the past:
“He has a good chance to play on Sunday but tomorrow night is too risky”
“There’s still a bit of reluctance to push it 100%”
“There’s no real strain, it’s just a little bit of pain, but we can’t take a gamble because he’s had injuries before in his hamstring.”