Arsenal FC fear they may have lost captain Cesc Fàbregas and defender William Gallas for the rest of the season after both were injured during the first leg of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final against FC Barcelona which finished 2-2.
Fàbregas scored Arsenal's 85th-minute equaliser with a penalty, but said afterwards he thought he may have broken his leg in the challenge from Carles Puyol that won the spot-kick. "We have to wait for tomorrow, but I hope I can wear the Arsenal shirt again this season," he said.
"I fear the worst, which is that I have broken something. When I took the penalty, I was quite strong, but after when I went to get the ball, I could not walk any more. It is the fibula. I think I put my leg between Puyol's when I was fouled and kicked it."
Fàbregas, like Barcelona defenders Gerard Piqué and Puyol, is suspended for the second leg anyway, and Arsenal are also likely to be without centre-back Gallas who manager Arsène Wenger fears could be sidelined until the "end of the season" after injuring his calf during the game. "He pulled his calf muscle and I think it's the end of the season for him," he told Canal+.
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