Fabregas suffers injury in Barca win
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is set to undergo tests after suffering a sprained ankle in a 3-1 win over a Malaysia XI.
The former Arsenal man, who has been the subject of bids from Manchester United this summer, was brought off in the 82nd minute of Saturday's game and will now be assessed ahead of the Primera Division opener against Levante on Aug 18.
A statement on the club's verified Twitter feed read: "@cesc4official has sprained his left ankle. The player will undergo further tests to determine the severity of his injury."
. @cesc4official has sprained his left ankle. The player will undergo further tests to determine the severity of his injury.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 10, 2013
Fabregas gave a virtuoso performance just two days after reaffirming his commitment to Barcelona earlier in the week. Lionel Messi was missing for Gerardo Martino's men with a thigh strain but his absence was thought to be merely a precaution ahead of the start of the new Primera Division season.
It was the hosts who nearly took the lead after 20 minutes as Norshahrul Idlan Talaha burst through on goal but Victor Valdes made a fingertip save to deflect his shot onto the post. And Barca were ahead just after the half-hour as Jordi Alba's cross from the left found Fabregas who headed home to open the scoring.
But the lead lasted just eight minutes as hesitancy in the visitors' defence allowed Amri Yahyah to fire home from 18 yards. Barca's response was even more swift as three minutes before the break Fabregas found Neymar who got round his man and slotted past Farizal Marlias.
The inevitable deluge of substitutions came in the second half but it did not knock the Spanish champions off their stride and in the 75th minute Pique made it 3-1 after latching onto a Fabregas pass following a corner.
The Associated Press was used in this report.