Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of their Champions League tie with Porto. Spain international suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem during the 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Burnley on Saturday, limping off after he had fired the Gunners ahead.
“Cesc has a hamstring problem and we could not even take a gamble with him,” said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. “I was hoping he would recover after the Burnley game because we were cautious with him. We don’t know how long he will be out. He is having a scan today and we are convinced it will only be a small time, and he has a small chance of getting back for next weekend against Hull, but to play him again [tomorrow] would mean significant damage.”
Wenger, though, maintained: “Ideally we wanted him to be there, but we want to qualify and the absence of Cesc is no excuse at all. “We have enough players and a strong enough squad to get round that and have enough chances to qualify.”