Champions League comeback comes at a price as Emirates captain could be out for the rest of the season.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas fears his season may be over after suffering a suspected broken leg in Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Barcelona.
“I fear the worst, which is that I have broken something,” said the midfielder, who limped off after his late penalty.
“It is the fibula. I think I put my leg between [Carles] Puyol’s when I was fouled, and kicked it.”
William Gallas’ season may also be over after he suffered a calf injury, and Andrey Arshavin also faces a spell out.
While defender Gallas was stretchered off just before half-time and seems likely to miss the rest of Arsenal’s campaign, Arshavin told his website that he expects to be back from his calf problem in two to three weeks.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger lamented the loss of both players, admitting that he had taken a risk on Gallas, who had missed the last six weeks through injury.
“Gallas has a calf strain and will be out for a while now,” said Wenger. “I took a gamble that didn’t pay off. Yes I regret that now. Arshavin has also done his calf.”
Fabregas, who was a doubt before the quarter-final first leg with severe bruising to his knee and leg, was only declared fit to play after the final warm-up.
The 22-year-old was visibly pained after lashing in the equalising spot-kick five minutes from time against his boyhood club and left the Emirates on crutches. (BBC Sport)
This is not good news at all. Talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas’s importance to the Emirates sides chase for silverware is immeasurable and for the injury to occur at the very moment when Arsenal are battling for a Premier League title and a long awaited Champions League success is incredibly bad luck.
Injuries to William Gallas and Andrei Arshavin merely compound the type of luck Arsene Wenger has had with injuries this season which have seen the likes of Robin Van Persie sidelined for large chunks of the season, testing the Gunners squad to its limits.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that Cesc can make a return before the season ends and the Spanish National team will also be waiting anxiously to see if Fabregas will be fit for this summers World Cup Finals.