Mid-Day Ticker: Fabregas, Arteta hurt; Whitecaps rookie gets call-up and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Fabregas, Arteta hurt; Whitecaps rookie gets call-up and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Fabregas, Arteta hurt; Whitecaps rookie gets call-up and more

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Cesc Fabregas' week is not getting any better.

The Arsenal midfielder re-aggrivated a hamstring injury in the Gunners' loss to FC Barcelona on Tuesday that eliminated them from the UEFA Champions League. As a result, he'll have to miss Arsenal's key FA Cup clash with Manchester United this weekend.

Fabregas issued an apology for his play against Barcelona, most notably for his ill-timed back-heel pass attempt that turned into a turnover and Lionel Messi's opening goal.

It is unclear how long this hamstring injury will keep Fabregas sidelined.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

ARTETA TEARS HAMSTRING

Fabrgeas wasn't the only Spanish midfielder to suffer a hamstring injury in the last couple of days.

Everton's Mikel Arteta had to exit Wednesday's draw with Birmingham City after just eight minutes after he injured his hamstring.

Reports suggest that it is a Grade Two tear, and that he is expected to miss a few weeks.

BOXALL GETS NEW ZEALAND CALL-UP

Vancouver Whitecaps rookie Michael Boxall received a call up to the New Zealand national team for its friendlies against China and Japan later this month.

Boxall has never participated with the senior team, although he has represented his country in the Olympics. He was one of 30 players called in by coach Ricki Herbert, but he is not guaranteed to make the final cut, as that number will be trimmed to 22 prior to the matches.

Chivas USA teammates Andrew Boyens and Simon Elliott and Portland backup goalkeeper Jake Gleeson were also among the 30 called in by Herbert.

GALINDO RELEASED BY FCD

FC Dallas has let former Chivas USA striker Maykel Galindo go from its training camp without extending a contract offer.

With the recent signing of Colombian striker Fabian Castillo, Galindo became expendable.

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Do you see Arsenal beating Manchester United in the FA Cup? Think Everton will be OK without Arteta? Hope to see Boxall make New Zealand's final cut? Want your team to go out and sign Galindo?

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