Fabregas on course to face Man United
Published 23:00 07/12/10 By John Cross
Cesc Fabregas is ready to give Arsenal a huge boost by declaring himself fit for next Monday’s Premier League title showdown at Manchester United.
Arsenal captain Fabregas trained yesterday and is hoping to recover from his persistent hamstring injury in time for the trip to Old Trafford.
Fabregas has been plagued by hamstring problems all season and it flared up again in the Champions League at Braga last month.
The Spaniard has had his wisdom teeth removed since the Braga game – in the past, former Arsenal captain Tony Adams and Abou Diaby have had their wisdom teeth removed to try to help hamstring problems as medics believe the nerves involved are closely linked and that it may help.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said last night: “He was out to practice today and stayed out there. He has a small chance for Monday. That means it is a bit under 50 per cent at the moment.”
Midfielder Diaby also trained yesterday after being out for nearly two months with an ankle injury.
Although Wenger fears the United game will come too early for the player, he says he is on his way back for Arsenal’s title push.
Wenger added: “He is out practicing as well. He also has a small chance for the Manchester United game.”
Arsenal were also boosted by news that French defender Laurent Koscielny is fit to play against Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday, despite suffering concussion against Fulham.
Johan Djourou has a slight thigh problem but should be fit to face United, while Thomas Vermaelen is out until the New Year with his long-running Achilles injury.