Fabregas chasing PFA double

Wayne Rooney has been installed as the overwhelming favourite to

land the award following the release of the short-list on Thursday.

The Manchester United star has enjoyed an outstanding season, even

if it appears his success at club level will be limited to the

Carling Cup. Like Rooney, Fabregas has been selected for both the

main award, and the young player of the year prize. Although he has

been sidelined for the rest of the season by injury, Fabregas held

together a Gunners’ title challenge that twice seemed to have

collapsed before Tottenham almost certainly snuffed it out on

Wednesday night. As champions-elect, Chelsea were bound to have a

representative, and while he might not have hit the heights as

consistently as in other years, Didier Drogba’s goals ensured the

Stamford Bridge outfit came through their rocky patch and are now

in line to become only the seventh team to land the domestic

double. Manchester City’s emergence as a Premier League force is

also confirmed by the presence of Carlos Tevez, who has been such a

pivotal figure for the Blues since his controversial summer move

from neighbours United. Along with Rooney and Fabregas,

Birmingham’s on-loan Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Aston Villa

midfielder are also up for the young player award.