Fabregas set for swift return for Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas limped off before the break during

the draw with Burnley in a match that left Wenger fuming at the

fixture compilers and the Premier League defending their schedule.

Wenger immediately ruled his captain out of the clash against

Hull on Saturday, although the injury may not be as bad as first


“Cesc had a scan today,” said Wenger. “We have not had the

result yet. “The only thing that is sure is that he will not play

on Saturday.

“Beyond that, it all depends on the scan. Is it a tightness

that just presents a small risk on Saturday or is it a slight

strain – grade one or two? We’ll know that later.

“If it is a tear it is a small one and the maximum would be

10 days. So it is not long-term.”

Denilson could deputise for Fabregas against Hull after

recovering from a back problem.

“Denilson is back and available for Saturday,” Wenger said on

Arsenal TV Online. Nicklas Bendtner, Tomas Rosicky, Gael Clichy and

Armand Traore will be unavailable, and Wenger said: “The first back

should be Traore, maybe for Aston Villa (on December 27).”