Cesc Fabregas is looking on the bright side over his injury lay-off - because he knows it could have been much worse.
The Arsenal midfielder is set to be out for four months after damaging knee ligaments in a tackle with Xabi Alonso in the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend. The news dealt another blow to Arsenal's faltering title hopes, but Fabregas remains optimistic there will be plenty to play for when he returns to action.
"The doctor told me I was lucky because my foot was in the air during the collision," the Spaniard told the Sun.
"If it had been on the ground I could have ruptured my anterior cruciate and had internal and external injuries. Anything could have happened.
"I have tried to take the positives out of the situation. Of course I don't want to be injured but it could have been a lot worse -- it could have been nine months out.
"There will still be things to play for when I come back. I could be ready for the Champions League quarter-finals if we get through and hopefully we will still be in contention for the FA Cup and the Premier League."
Fabregas attaches no blame to countryman Alonso for his injury, adding: "It was an accident with Xabi and there was no fault on his part.
"He was very concerned and has been calling regularly. He is a good friend. It's not a disaster. There are worse things that happen in life."
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