Wednesday 7 December 2016

Wenger hopeful over Cesc injury

Published 25/11/2010 | 12:32

Cesc Fabregas gestures to the bench during Tuesday's Champions League tie with SC Braga. Photo: Getty Images
Cesc Fabregas gestures to the bench during Tuesday's Champions League tie with SC Braga. Photo: Getty Images

Arsene Wenger was today hoping Cesc Fabregas would only be out for two weeks with the hamstring injury suffered in Arsenal's Champions League defeat at Braga.

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Gunners captain Fabregas was set to undergo a scan this afternoon to determine precisely how long he would be sidelined for but manager Wenger was optimistic it would be a short hiatus.

"Fabregas will be assessed today with a scan," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online before training today.

"After that, we can tell you how long he will be out, but I count two weeks."

However, Wenger hinted Fabregas - who has had real problems with the hamstring in his other leg this season - might need to have his game time rationed when he returns.

The Gunners boss added: "It is a big blow because it will question how cautious we have to be in the future with him.

"Cesc has played 50 games a year since a young age.

"We may have to be more cautious with him, especially in the next two months."

Fellow midfielder Emmanuel Eboue, who was carried off on a stretcher in Portugal on Tuesday night, faces between four and eight weeks out with a knee ligament strain.

Wenger said: "It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum.

There were no other injuries from Tuesday, while Aaron Ramsey and Manuel Almunia are progressing along the comeback trail.

Wenger said: "We have a lot of bumps and bruises but everyone else should be available.

"Almunia should be capable to play but I will see how he reacts.

"Ramsey needs competitive games. He played 45 minutes (in the reserves) and he did well.

"We need to get him slowly and progressively into competition mode."

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