Saturday 16 December 2017

Fabregas to return

Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Getty Images
Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Getty Images

Cesc Fabregas is poised to return from injury as Arsenal entertain West Ham on Saturday, but William Gallas' fitness is an ongoing concern for manager Arsene Wenger.

Gunners captain Fabregas has been out since March 6 - missing the matches with Porto and Hull - due to a hamstring injury but is expected to pass a fitness test tomorrow morning.

Tomas Rosicky is also anticipated to be fit following a groin problem, but defender William Gallas has "an endless calf injury", according to Wenger.

Gallas has missed the last six games and is set to be out for at least two more matches - missing the Hammers contest and the match at Birmingham on March 27.

"Cesc and Tomas have a final test tomorrow morning," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online today.

"They should be available for Saturday.

"From the last game we don't lose anybody. So normally we should have Fabregas, Carlos Vela and Rosicky back. Plus of course we have Song coming back from suspension.

"However, William Gallas will not be available this week or at Birmingham. It is going on and on. It is a concern.

"It is an endless calf strain and so we need Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre to be highly ready to help us out."

Alex Song will be back from a two-match suspension against the Hammers and Carlos Vela could be added to the squad as Arsenal seek to enhance their title bid after their last-gasp 2-1 win at Hull last weekend.

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