Cesc Fabregas will be fit in time to play for Spain at the World Cup even though he is expected to miss the rest of the season, according to Arsenal physio Colin Lewin.
Fabregas suffered a broken leg playing in the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona, ruling the club captain out of the Gunners' title chase. But Lewin had good news for Spain fans concerned about the influential midfielder.
"Cesc is doing well," he told the club's website. "He is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a hairline crack of his fibula. If everything goes well he will comfortably make the World Cup and we will be constantly monitoring him."
Lewin also reiterated that the injury was suffered during the Barcelona match, dismissing earlier reports that Fabregas was at less than 100% prior to kick-off.
"The injury was certainly as a result of the tackle by Carles Puyol at the end of the Barcelona game," he said.
"There were some ill-informed media reports that the fracture was sustained before the Barcelona game and those reports, put simply, were untrue.
"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.
"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 from 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."
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