Fabregas hopeful of making Barcelona match

BY foxsports • March 2, 2011

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is running without pain after a hamstring injury and is confident of making the second leg of the Champions League last-16 match against Barcelona.

The Spain midfielder came off injured early in Arsenal's 1-0 Premier League win over Stoke on Feb. 23 and was considered a doubt for the return match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

But in his column in Arsenal's matchday program ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round replay against Leyton Orient, Fabregas says he could even return for the league match at home to Sunderland on Saturday.

Fabregas says "I'm running, getting better and don't sense any pain at the moment ... perhaps I'll have a chance for Saturday."

Arsenal beat Barcelona 2-1 in the first leg.