Monday, April 5, 2010
Fabregas done for Champions League and maybe World Cup
First of all, I'd like to apologize for Shimer and myself. The lack of posts lately has been embarrassing and it's something that both of us feel terrible about. It won't happen again.
Last week, the big news out of the Arsenal-Barcelona Champions League quarterfinal after the first leg, was that Gunners star midfielder Cesc Fabregas broke his leg (after a rough challenge and then taking a penalty kick) and will be out for the rest of the tournament.
That's also relevant to Spain, Fabregas usually comes off the bench for the Spanish who have a real shot to win the 2010 World Cup and now it looks like he'll miss out on South Africa which is a shame.
He'll miss at least the next six weeks after cracking his lower right fibula during last Wednesday's 2-2 tie with Barcelona at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have five more EPL games left before the season ends on May 9. On May 11, World Cup teams submit 30-man rosters and on June 1 they're cut down to 23. Spain opens up play at the World Cup against Switzerland on June 16.
This is terrible news for Fabregas because he's been one of the stars of the EPL this season, scoring 19 goals in 36 matches.
Arsenal had a stirring comeback from down 2-0 to tie the first leg but it was costly as not only Fabregas but William Gallas (calf strain) and Andrey Arshavin (calf strain) are also expected to miss three weeks.