LONDON ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal shows his dejection as he leaves the pitch injured during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on February 23 2011 in London England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal Captain Cesc Fabregas To Miss Carling Cup Final With Hamstring Injury

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Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas To Miss Carling Cup Final Due To Hamstring Injury

Despite a vow to do everything in his power to captain Arsenal in this weekend's Carling Cup final against Birmingham City, Cesc Fabregas will miss the match due to a hamstring injury. Arsenal have not won a trophy since winning the FA Cup in 2005 and that drought played a part in the club's pushing for the Carling Cup. Just one win away from securing that trophy, they will have to do it without their captain.

After the match on Tuesday Fabregas sent out multiple tweets saying that he didn't know if he'd make the match, but that he would do everything in his power to captain Arsenal in a final. Unfortunately for the Gunners and Fabregas, he will not get that chance.

Fabregas has had a recent history of injury woes and a troublesome hamstring has been an issue for the midfielder all year. On Tuesday against Stoke City Fabregas has to be removed from the match after just 15 minutes because of an injury to his hamstring and while the injury isn't expected to keep the Spaniard out for long, it will cost him the chance to play for a trophy.


Cesc Fabregas Determined To Captain Arsenal In Carling Cup Final, Despite Hamstring Injury

Cesc Fàbregas, the perennially injured captain of Arsenal, aggravated his hamstring problem against Stoke City on Wednesday and had to leave the match after less than fifteen minutes. Although the club believes the problem to be fairly minor, the likelihood of Fàbregas playing against Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final on Sunday looks to be quite slim indeed. Team doctors will assess the situation on Thursday afternoon, and have asked everyone to simply keep their fingers crossed until this time.*

Shortly after the match, Fàbregas sent out two Twitter messages that had even non-Arsenal fans tearing up.

I dont know if ill make sunday or no, but all i know is that from this moment to sunday 16'30 i wont sleep if its necessary. Ive waited...less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


...Too long to captain a final for arsenal and i wont give up till the last second.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


The work of a man determined to get some good press after making a muddle of his desire to move to Barcelona? Or simply a footballer tired of injury and committed to wanting to lead his club to a trophy? Perhaps I'm just searching for good in the world, but I like to think that Cesc sincerely wants Arsenal to succeed, and he wants to lead them to that long-awaited trophy. Instead, he's stuck playing the waiting game.


*This clause is entirely fiction, and I would hope you readers are smart enough to understand. Still, this disclaimer.

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