Nasri a major doubt for Barca showdown
Published 23:01 30/01/11 By John Cross
Samir Nasri is a major doubt for Arsenal’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he regrets risking Nasri for yesterday’s FA Cup tie after the in-form midfielder suffered a hamstring injury which could rule him out for three weeks.
Wenger could now recall midfielder Henri Lansbury from his loan spell at Norwich while Sebastien Squillaci’s red card against Huddersfield also deepens their defensive injury crisis.
“Put three weeks on and you will know,” said Wenger on whether Nasri would miss the home leg of Arsenal’s tie with Barcelona on February 16. “I think yes. It is a big blow, how big I don’t know. Results will tell but it is a big blow.
“Nasri looks a serious hamstring injury. Usually it is three weeks. We have to see, if it is grade one it can be two weeks. We’ll see.
“I have regrets now yes. The plan was to play Tomas Rosicky, but he was still too weak because he was sick so I took a gamble on Nasri. It backfired.”
Squillaci will miss tomorrow’s game with Everton but Wenger admitted he is unlikely to get a deal done for a defender before the window shuts.
Wenger said: “I cannot tell you definitely because if somebody knocks at my door in the morning and says I would like to play for you and he is a good player, I will sign him. But I will leave the headlines to other clubs.”
Wenger admitted his team escaped after a shock against Huddersfield and refused to criticise captain Cesc Fabregas who waved an imaginary card at Jamie McCombe to try and get him sent off before firing home a late penalty.
“Cesc thought it was a red card. It’s for the referee to make the decision. He made the right decision in my opinion,” said Wenger.
“It was tough, tough, tough. It had all the ingredients of a typical cup game. I think we played a bit below par, Huddersfield are a good team.”
Huddersfield boss Lee Clark said: “I’m very proud of my players today. I thought it was an excellent performance - we passed the ball well and created chances.
“We limited them in terms of chances and we disappointed we didn’t get anything more from the game.”