Fabregas may return for Roma showdown

Injured Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas could return to first-team action in time for the Gunners's Champions League last 16 showdown with Roma, according to the Spaniard's doctor. The midfielder sustained ligament damage in a tackle with Liverpool's Xabi Alonso in December, and had been expected to be out for three to four months. However, doctor Ramon Cugat believes the 21-year-old could be fit in just three weeks. When questioned whether he could be fit to face Roma on February 24, Cugat told the Mirror: "I think so. The Arsenal doctors said it normally takes three-and-a-half months to recover because of the way it happened. "But I believe he will return quicker than then. I recognise that the player needs to be ready, to have good mobility and stability and that he needs to feel good after returning to training. "The one that will know best is the player. I saw him last week. He passed the tests, there had been a clear improvement and he was expecting to make a speedy recovery." ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter