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Fabregas 60/40 to miss Barca showdown

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas remains a major doubt for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with Barcelona at Emirates Stadium, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed.

The Spain international, who started his career at the Nou Camp, is struggling to recover from severe bruising to his knee and leg suffered during the Barclays Premier League clash at Birmingham.

"We will give ourselves 24 hours more and we will assess the situation, but if the match were today (Tuesday), Cesc would not be able to play," said Wenger.

"Sometimes you do not want to take a gamble because 24 hours more can help.

"If he is full capacity, we will play him.

"The medical staff tell me there is still a chance he will be available, but that will decided in the warm up, which tells you how late we will leave it.

"I would say 60 per cent against, 40 per cent for him playing.

"However, if he is not capable to play, I would not even put him on the bench.

"We have 19 players in the squad, that means I have considered the possibility of ruling him out completely."

Although Fabregas could not be available, centre-back William Gallas has returned to training after missing eight games with a calf problem and will be in the squad.

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