Fabregas likely to miss Champions League quarterfinal against Barca

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London, Mar 31(ANI): Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is likely to miss tonight's Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Barcelona, as manager Arsene Wenger would avoid gambling on his fitness.

Fabregas had sustained a knee injury during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw against Birmingham.

Wenger insists that unless the 22-year-old is fully fit, he would not take any risks.

"We will give ourselves 24 hours more and we will assess the situation, but if the match were today, Cesc would not be able to play. Sometimes you do not want to take a gamble because 24 hours more can help," The Daily Express quoted Wenger, as saying.

"If he is full capacity tomorrow, we will play him. I would say 60 per cent against, 40 per cent for him playing. However, if he is not capable to play, I would not even put him on the bench. We have 19 players in the squad, that means I have considered the possibility of ruling him out completely," he added.

Wenger however revealed that Fabregas does not want to miss out such a big game.

"Cesc is desperate to play in every single game and who wouldn't want to play in a game like tomorrow? He always wants to play every day and I believe it is the mark of a great player that they want to do that and are happy when they do," Wenger said.

"He wanted to run off the injury on Saturday. I will know tomorrow whether I made a mistake or not in keeping him on the pitch," he added.

Fabregas is Arsenal's leading scorer this season with 18 goals in 35 games. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 12:15 [IST]
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