Gunners physio confident on Cesc

The Gunners skipper suffered a hairline fracture to his right

fibula in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Barcelona at the

Emirates Stadium on March 31. Fabregas, who was a doubt after

sustaining heavy bruising to his leg in the 1-1 Premier League draw

at Birmingham the weekend before the Barca game, tangled with

Carles Puyol late in the game and has since been ruled out for the

rest of the campaign. However, Gunners physio Colin Lewin has given

a positive update on the Spain international and expects him to be

available to the European champions in South Africa. And Lewin has

denied suggestions that Arsenal’s skipper was injured before the

quarter-final first leg against Barca, insisting that they would

never risk a player who was not fit and ready. “Cesc is doing

well,” Lewin told the club’s official site. “He is likely to be out

for the rest of the season with a hairline crack of his fibula. “If

all goes well he will comfortably make the World Cup and we will be

constantly monitoring him.” He added: “The injury was certainly a

result of the tackle by Puyol at the end of the Barcelona game.

“There were some ill-informed media reports that the fracture was

sustained before the Barcelona game and those reports, put simply,

were untrue.” Lewin said Fabregas had suffered a knock at St

Andrew’s but insists all of the correct procedures were taken to

ensure he had no lasting damage. “He suffered heavy bruising in the

Birmingham City game but to suggest that someone can run around for

85 minutes against Barcelona with a fractured fibula is just

farcical,” he said. “We examined Cesc after the Birmingham game and

he had suffered heavy bruising. The X-rays confirmed that there was

no fracture. “At the end of the Barcelona match, following the

challenge with Puyol, Cesc had an X-ray to determine the damage. It

showed a hairline crack, which unfortunately means Cesc will miss

the rest of the season.” Lewin also revealed that striker Robin van

Persie is on course for a return to training after several months

on the sidelines following ankle surgery. Kieran Gibbs (foot) and

Johan Djourou (knee) are also expected to join their team mates in

the coming days, providing Arsene Wenger with a further boost ahead

of the end-of-season run-in. “Robin will be joining the squad for

full training imminently,” he added. “That is a big boost for the

club and to see Johan and Kieran training with the team in the next

fortnight will give everyone a big lift.”