Thursday, November 29, 2007
Fabregas out for 10 days. Step in Rosicky?
It looks like bad news for Arsenal and for Fabregas but not as bad as feared. Fabregas came off after 56 minutes during the defeat at Sevilla on Tuesday night with a hamstring strain.
Fabregas said: “I came off because I did not want to take any more risks when we had qualified.
Arsene Wenger said: "It is a hamstring injury. We'll know more on Thursday morning."
Initial fears were that he could miss the next three games against Aston Villa, Newcastle and Middlesbrough
The Mirror however is reporting that Cesc Fabregas is out for only 10 days. He will miss the next two Premier League games at Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Fabregas’s absence comes at the beginning of a testing time for the Gunners as they embark on a run of away fixtures with a game on average every four days starting with rampant Aston Villa on Saturday. They thrashed Blackburn 4-0 at Ewood Park last night.
Arsenal’s fixture list includes an away game four days later on Wednesday at Newcastle and the Sunday after that Middlesbrough away.
This is followed by Steaua home the Wednesday after and then on Sunday Ashley Cole’s return with Chelsea.
And it doesn’t stop there. Tottenham visit the Emirates a week later and there’s an away Carling Cup game at Blackburn on the Tuesday night before the Tottenham game.
This will be an interesting test for Arsenal to see how the team copes with the absence of its main playmaker and also one of its top goalscorers.
It was obvious during the Wigan game that there was not enough creativenesses coming from the midfield and it wasn’t until Rosicky was moved to that position that Arsenal became more inventive.