Robin van Persie could play for Arsenal against Barcelona

Robin van Persie, the Arsenal striker, could play in his sides Champions League last-16 second leg match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou tomorrow evening, if he passes a fitness test tomorrow morning.

Robin van Persie in training for Arsenal today

Furthermore, Cesc Fabregas, the Arsenal captain, is 90% certain to start against his boyhood club, but Alex Song, the improving Cameroon international midfielder, has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Fabregas was named in the travelling party, and prior to the squad’s departure for Catalunya, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “It is 90% he will travel and be fit.”

Dutch forward van Persie injured his knee whilst scoring during the League Cup final defeat against Birmingham City, but after being initially ruled out for three weeks the Dutchman could play some part against Pep Guardiola’s Spanish league leaders.

“He is here as a player and will have a test tomorrow” said Wenger.

“Whether he has been included in the squad has not yet been decided.

“He has made quick progression in the last three days. This morning he was unlikely to travel, but he wanted to go, so he had a test and it was quite positive.”

“We will not take a gamble in a game of such importance. It will be fit or not fit. Personally I would like him to play if possible, but I will only play him if he is 100% fit”

Wenger’s side will have to make do without the injured Song and winger Theo Walcott, but Jack Wilshere, the 19-year-old England midfielder will be fit, despite picking up an ankle knock against Sunderland.

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