Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Walcott out and Fabregas a doubt for Carling Cup final

Theo Walcott is out and Cesc Fabregas is a major doubt for Sunday's Carling Cup final after being withdrawn from Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

Fabregas was substituted after just 14 minutes with a knock. He spoke with physio Colin Lewin at the touchline prior to his substitution for Andrey Arshavin.

The Arsenal captain went straight down the tunnel after being taken off.

Walcott was the victim of an awful challenge by Dean Whitehead in the 68th minute.

The England international was brought down on the edge of the Stoke penalty area but referee Peter Walton didn't give a free kick.

Lewin asked Walcott to run the injury off but the Englishman said he couldn't walk and was stretchered off.

It appeared Walcott was clattered on his ankle.

Afterwards, Arsene Wenger told the media:
"Walcott has an ankle sprain and he's out, for how long I can't tell you, but for Sunday he is definitely out.
"Fabregas has a hamstring problem but we will assess that tomorrow, tonight it is impossible to say how serious it is. We will know more about it tomorrow."

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