Cesc back in Arsenal training ahead of Shakhtar clash

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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CescFabregas has returned to full training ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday following a month-long spell on the sidelines.

The gunners skipper has not played since Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland last month but trained alongside his team-mates on Monday morning.

abregas had previously been expected to return for the visit of Birmingham on Saturday but Arsene Wenger revealed the 23-year-old Spaniard was lacking match fitness in the build-up to the Premier League encounter.

“Cesc is available,” said Wenger on Monday. “He is good and has prepared well. He had a little setback but got over the hurdle and is ready to play at full fitness.

“I do not know yet whether I start him or not but he is available. It will be [determined by] whether I take a gamble or not, because he has been out for a long time.”

abregas, who did not play for Spain during their 3-2 victory over Scotland last week, said: “I’ve been training really hard without stopping.”

Meanwhile, teenager Jack Wilshere has vowed to learn from his mistake after being sent off for a reckless challenge on Nikola Zigic on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Englishman admitted he deserved to be given his marching orders by referee Martin Atkinson against Birmingham after his heavy touch led him into a dangerous tackle on the Blues striker.

“I just want to say that I mistimed the challenge on and accept that I deserved to be sent off,” said Wilshere.

“I have no complaints about getting the red card and I will learn from this. I’m missing three matches now which I’m really disappointed about, but I just want to say that I deserved the red card.”

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