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Fabregas hoping for early return

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas took over as Arsenal captain in November

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas hopes to return to action "earlier than expected" as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

It was feared the Spaniard would be out of action until April after suffering ligament damage in a 50-50 tackle with Liverpool's Xabi Alonso on December 21.

But the 21-year-old believes things are progressing well.

"My leg is getting stronger. The doctors tell me the ligament has healed," Fabregas said.

Fabregas's rehabilitation is being conducted under the guidance of a specialist in Barcelona.

"Now it is about building up the muscle, and I have had a very little jog for the first time," he wrote in his programme notes ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against West Ham.

"So it is good news and I am happy because I can see a big improvement.

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"I will take it step by step, but hopefully I can come back earlier than first expected. However, let's wait and see."

Fabregas added: "I will be coming back to England in two weeks' time, and after being assessed by the physios, we will set a target date for my return."

The news will have come as a welcome boost to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has other long-term absentees Eduardo, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky all building towards first-team returns before the end of the season.

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