Injured Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has handed Arsene Wenger a fitness fillip ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Barcelona.
Fabregas believes he will be fit to play after sitting out Saturday’s English Premier League clash against Sunderland on Saturday with a hamstring problem.
The Spain midfielder starred in Arsenal’s first leg 2-1 win over Barcelona before suffering the injury against Stoke two weeks ago and missed last Sunday’s League Cup Final defeat by Birmingham City.
Arsenal manager Wenger, who is already without Theo Walcott and striker Robin van Persie for the second leg of the last-16 tie, has been loathe to talk up the chances of his best player making a comeback for the trip to Camp Nou.
But Fabregas said: “As far as my injury is concerned, I am feeling really good at the moment. I am doing everything I possibly can to get ready as soon as I can.”
“Physically I feel good and it was good to have a bit of a rest too because I am sure I will come back stronger.”
“It may have even been possible for me to be on the bench for today’s game (against Sunderland), but we decided together that it would be better for me to rest well instead, have a good training session on Sunday, take a look Monday and then hopefully fly to Barcelona.”
“I am optimistic that everything should be okay for Tuesday.”