D-Day for Fabregas hopes of Barca return

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger will decide this morning whether or not to gamble on the fitness of Cesc Fabregas ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League showdown against Barcelona.

The Gunners’ captain has not featured since tweaking his hamstring against Stoke on 23 February but has indicated he is ready to return against his former club at Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere, an injury doubt after Saturday’s frustrating goalless draw with Sunderland, has declared himself fit on his Twitter page, saying: “I am not injured and if selected will be fit to face Barca! Few kicks but nothing too bad!”

The Spanish side will have to cope without the services of centre-half, Carles Puyol, while manager Pep Guardiola spent a fifth successive night in hospital due to his ongoing back problem but is due to attend today’s pre-match press conference.