Champions League Injury Report Grows

Medical CrossThe fears over Cesc Fabregas’ leg injury have been confirmed as a scan revealed he cracked his fibula in last nights 2-2 draw with Barcelona in London.

An Arsenal statement read: “Following a scan this afternoon, the club can confirm that Cesc Fabregas has suffered a small crack in his right fibula as a result of the collision with Barcelona defender Carles Puyol during Wednesday evening’s match.

“As a consequence, Cesc will miss the remainder of the domestic campaign as he will be out of action for at six weeks. Everyone at the club wishes Cesc a full and speedy recovery.”

The injury will force Fabregas to miss the remainder of the Premier League season and will cast serious doubt over his availability for this summer’s World Cup in South Africa. While the injury shouldn’t have a huge impact on Spain at the World Cup (Fabregas only started 3 of Spain’s qualifying games), it will hugely impact Arsenal who are still in position to possibly win both the Premier League and Champions League.

Adding to Arsenals woes, both winger Andre Arshavin and defender William Gallas had to be subbed off in last nights Champions League match due to injury. Both players came up lame with calf injuries that will force them out of the return leg in Barcelona and possibly the rest of the Premier League season.

More test were also run on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney who injured his ankle late in United’s 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesdsay.

“We’re pleased to report that Wayne has not suffered a fracture,” a club spokesman said. “The scan revealed only minor ligament damage.”

Rooney’s injured ankle mean he will miss the first place clash against Chelsea this weekend in Manchester, the Champions League return leg against Bayern Munich also at Old Trafford and possibly even the first leg of the Champions League semi-final should United qualify.

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