Thursday, March 11, 2010

We might do it again without Cesc

Arsenal might have to improvise again on Saturday against Hull City in
the Barclays Premier League, as Fabregas hamstring woe lingers on.

The Boss admitted it will take a "miracle" for the 22-year-old
midfielder to gain fitness in time for our trip to the K C Stadium.
The young Spaniard recently reiterated his desire to stay at the North
London outfit, and has been struggling to shrug off a nagging hamstring
injury, which kept him out of our recent Champions League match against
Porto, which we comfortably won.

And as clearly stated earlier before that encounter, the Arsenal Boss
won't be gambling on his captain's health even though he understands
the peril involved in paying a courtesy visit to the Tigers without his influential skipper.

"His chances of playing are 0.5% - that means unless a miracle
happens, he will not play. At the moment, Cesc is out of Saturday's
game," said Wenger. "We have a little doubt about (Tomas) Rosicky
(groin), but we will check that on Friday morning.

"Nobody else is back, but we will lose (Alex) Song, because he is suspended."

Our injury list is still extensive and some regular names are still
scribbled on the list. Most notably, William Gallas, who aggrevated
his calf injury last week and faces up to a month on the sidelines.
His replacement and our new defensive darling Sol Campbell, has to
knock off his cramp if he's to stand any chance of been included in
Wenger's strategic plan.

"Campbell looks better than expected. Sagna has an ankle problem, but
we will assess that on Friday," Wenger said. "We will see how it
develops, who is available, who I can play.
We know we have 48 hours to prepare for this game and it's quite needed."