Thursday Kickoff: Fabregas fears broken leg, Rooney has minor damage and more

Thursday Kickoff: Fabregas fears broken leg, Rooney has minor damage and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Fabregas fears broken leg, Rooney has minor damage and more


Cesc Fabregas (GettyImages)

Cesc Fabregas hit a crucial late late penalty kick to give Arsenal a 2-2 draw vs. FC Barcelona in Champions League action on Wednesday, but that could be the last contribution he gives the Gunners this season.

Fabregas limped off after the quarterfinal first-leg in London with what he is fearing is a broken leg. Fabregas suffered the injury on the play that drew a penalty on Carles Puyol and helped Arsenal salvage a draw in a match the Gunners were thoroughly dominated in.

As if the news wasn't bad enough for Arsenal, the English club could be set to miss Andrei Arshavin and William Gallas for extended time after both left Wednesday's match with injuries.

Barcelona will host the return leg next week.

Here are some other stories to get your Thursday going:


While most of the Champions League attention was aimed at the Arsenal-Barcelona match, Inter Milan was busy posting a vital 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow in Milan to send their quarterfinal series back to Moscow with a one-goal cushion and zero away goals conceded.

Diego Milito broke through in the 68th minute to spoil a standout performance by CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.


Any concerns about Wayne Rooney possibly having a more serious injury than first suspected were put to rest on Thursday after scans revealed that the England starhas minor ligament damage in his right ankle.

Manchester United would not put a timetable on Rooney's return, but he will miss United's crucial Premier League clash vs. Chelsea on Saturday, as well as the return leg of its UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series vs. Bayern Munich. Manchester United will post the second leg after suffering a 2-1 loss on Tuesday.


Pablo Barrera's goal proved to be the difference in UNAM Pumas' 1-0 win vs. Cruz Azul in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.

Cruz Azul will host the second leg on Tuesday. The winner of the series will face the winner of the Pachuca-Toluca semifinal.


Cruzeiro and Internacional both posted victories in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday to take first place in their respective groups.

Kleber scored twice to help Cruzeiro post a 3-0 victory against Velez Sarsfield, while Internacional downed Uruguayan club Cerro, 2-0. Cruzeiro's win moved the club ahead of Velez and into first place on goal difference.

Not all Brazilian clubs posted wins on Wednesday. Sao Paolo settled for a 0-0 tie at Monterrey, a result that means Once Caldas can clinch a place in the knockout round with a win today vs. Paraguayan club Nacional.


What do you think of the news? Hoping Fabregas can still play in the World Cup? Think Inter Milan can win or draw in Moscow? Relieved Rooney doesn't have a worse injury?

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