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Football: Arsenal’s Fabregas Ruled Out For Four Months

Posted on: December 23, 2008

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Tuesday that Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas will be out of action for four months after suffering a partial rupture of his medial knee ligament in Sunday’s draw against Liverpool.

Fabregas suffered the injury in a challenge with Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso and limped off at half time at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger initially hoped Fabregas would only be out for three weeks but scans confirmed the Spain midfielder won’t play again before April.

“The news is not good,” Wenger said. “It will take three to four months, we count four. He will be working hard to come back earlier but I count four months.”

The loss of his recently installed skipper and creative talisman is a massive blow to Wenger as he tries to end Arsenal’s four-year wait for a trophy.

He was already short of experienced midfielders after losing Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb in pre-season, while Tomas Rosicky has been injured for the whole of the current campaign.

“We will miss him, of course, but how much is difficult to say,” Wenger said.

“We have to find a way and we want to find a way to compensate the fact that he is not on the pitch to give everyone a bit more.

“I’m sure we can deal with it. When he comes back he can help us get over the line in the final months. I believe we are able to do it.”

Wenger conceded Fabregas’s injury may force him to move into the transfer market in January. “It is more likely but we also have internal solutions and we are not desperate,” he said.

A bid for Zenit St Peterburg’s Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is one possibility for Wenger, who is yet to decide who will replace Fabregas as captain.

Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia wore the armband when Fabregas came off against Liverpool and would be the leading candidate. – AFP/de

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Football: Arsenal’s Fabregas Ruled Out For Four Months

Posted on: December 23, 2008

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Tuesday that Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas will be out of action for four months after suffering a partial rupture of his medial knee ligament in Sunday’s draw against Liverpool.

Fabregas suffered the injury in a challenge with Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso and limped off at half time at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger initially hoped Fabregas would only be out for three weeks but scans confirmed the Spain midfielder won’t play again before April.

“The news is not good,” Wenger said. “It will take three to four months, we count four. He will be working hard to come back earlier but I count four months.”

The loss of his recently installed skipper and creative talisman is a massive blow to Wenger as he tries to end Arsenal’s four-year wait for a trophy.

He was already short of experienced midfielders after losing Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb in pre-season, while Tomas Rosicky has been injured for the whole of the current campaign.

“We will miss him, of course, but how much is difficult to say,” Wenger said.

“We have to find a way and we want to find a way to compensate the fact that he is not on the pitch to give everyone a bit more.

“I’m sure we can deal with it. When he comes back he can help us get over the line in the final months. I believe we are able to do it.”

Wenger conceded Fabregas’s injury may force him to move into the transfer market in January. “It is more likely but we also have internal solutions and we are not desperate,” he said.

A bid for Zenit St Peterburg’s Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is one possibility for Wenger, who is yet to decide who will replace Fabregas as captain.

Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia wore the armband when Fabregas came off against Liverpool and would be the leading candidate. – AFP/de

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Football: Arsenal’s Fabregas Ruled Out For Four Months

Posted on: December 23, 2008

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Tuesday that Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas will be out of action for four months after suffering a partial rupture of his medial knee ligament in Sunday’s draw against Liverpool.

Fabregas suffered the injury in a challenge with Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso and limped off at half time at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger initially hoped Fabregas would only be out for three weeks but scans confirmed the Spain midfielder won’t play again before April.

“The news is not good,” Wenger said. “It will take three to four months, we count four. He will be working hard to come back earlier but I count four months.”

The loss of his recently installed skipper and creative talisman is a massive blow to Wenger as he tries to end Arsenal’s four-year wait for a trophy.

He was already short of experienced midfielders after losing Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb in pre-season, while Tomas Rosicky has been injured for the whole of the current campaign.

“We will miss him, of course, but how much is difficult to say,” Wenger said.

“We have to find a way and we want to find a way to compensate the fact that he is not on the pitch to give everyone a bit more.

“I’m sure we can deal with it. When he comes back he can help us get over the line in the final months. I believe we are able to do it.”

Wenger conceded Fabregas’s injury may force him to move into the transfer market in January. “It is more likely but we also have internal solutions and we are not desperate,” he said.

A bid for Zenit St Peterburg’s Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is one possibility for Wenger, who is yet to decide who will replace Fabregas as captain.

Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia wore the armband when Fabregas came off against Liverpool and would be the leading candidate. – AFP/de

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