Cesc Fabregas is “90% likely” to play for Arsenal in tomorrow’s Champions League do or die clash against Barcelona. Wenger had been sweating over the fitness of the Spaniard since he sustained a hamstring injury just short of two weeks ago in a league match against Stoke but Cesc has improved drastically since and is now in contention for the Gunners:
“Fabregas will have a final test today. It is 90% (certain that) he will travel and be fit. It is vital for us because he is important in the transition between attacking and defending. He is also the leader of the team so we want him there.”
However, Fabregas wasn’t the only one Wenger was worried about prior to the visit to the Nou Camp. Alex Song was unfortunately ruled out of the second leg at the Nou Camp with Wenger mentioning Song had a fitness test on Sunday morning and it came back “negative”. But there was yet another unexpected boost for Wenger and the lads when Robin Van Persie unexpectedly competed in training this morning, coming through unscathed and has now been given the all-clear to travel with the squad to Spain tomorrow morning. Referring to Van Persie Wenger said:
“He has made quick progress. It is no mind game – I am not good at those.
“This morning he was unlikely to travel, but he wanted to go, so he had a test and it was quite positive.
“We will not take a gamble in a game of such importance. It will be fit or not fit. Personally I would like him to play if possible, but I will only play him if he is 100% fit.”