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Arsenal lifted by Fabregas return

Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas has been out of action for four months

Arsenal have been boosted by the return of captain Cesc Fabregas to training after a serious knee injury.

The midfielder has been out of action since rupturing knee ligaments against Liverpool in December.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that the 21-year-old had joined in with training but is still some weeks away from a return to first-team action.

"It is the first time training for Cesc," said Wenger. "He is physically fit, but he needs a few sessions."

The Spaniard suffered the injury going for a 50-50 challenge with Xabi Alonso in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Emirates on 21 December 2008.

In Fabregas' absence, the Gunners have struggled at times this season as Wenger opted to resist the temptation to recruit another central midfielder in the January transfer window and instead kept faith with inexperienced youngsters such as Denilson and Alexander Song.


However, they have recently returned to the automatic Champions League places and have advanced to the Champions League quarter-final and FA Cup semi-final.

Fabregas was recently embroiled in controversy during the 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Hull where he was accused by Tigers' boss Phil Brown of spitting at assistant manager Brian Horton.

Arsenal have also received further good news for their season run-in with the return of Eduardo da Silva and Mikael Silvestre to training.

Croatian striker Eduardo returned in February after being out for almost a year with a broken leg, but seen his comeback interrupted by hamstring injuries.

French defender Silvestre has been out for 10 weeks with a calf problem.

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