Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his Cesc Fabregas gamble backfired on Tuesday.
The World Cup winning captain has been struggling with a hamstring injury this season, and Wenger considered resting him for the trip to Braga.
However, the French coach eventually gambled on Fabregas, and this backfired as the midfielder suffered a recurrence of the problem.
“It could be two to three weeks,” said Wenger. “It is very disappointing because I had a hesitation to play him before the match started. I took the gamble and it backfired on us.”
To make matters worse for the Gunners, they lost the match in Portugal 2-0, meaning they still have work to do to qualify for the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League.
Ahead of Sunday’s crunch Premier League tie with Aston Villa goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is welcomed back into the squad, while Emmanuel Eboue and the aforementioned Fabregas are both missing through injury.
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