Arsenal winger Theo Walcott will miss Sunday’s Carling Cup final against Birmingham after spraining his ankle in the 1-0 victory over Stoke, while skipper Cesc Fabregas is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury.
Walcott twisted his left ankle in the turf after a tackle from Dean Whitehead and left the field on a stretcher.
“It is an ankle sprain – he is out of the next game for sure,” manager Arsene Wenger stated.
Wenger said Fabregas will be assessed on Thursday after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half.
The Gunners boss added: “Fabregas has a hamstring problem. We will assess that tomorrow. It is impossible to see how serious it is tonight. We will know tomorrow.
“It’s a concern that Cesc is injured but it happens unfortunately. He was very upset. I am as well. But it is not his fault or mine. It is part of sport.
“It’s strange for it to happen so early in the game but we have to face it and we did the job after that in a very professional way because we faced a Stoke team who defended very well, very compact.”
Fabregas said on twitter: “I don’t know if I will make Sunday or not, but all I know is that from this moment to Sunday 1630 I won’t sleep if it’s necessary.
“I’ve waited too long to captain a final for Arsenal and I won’t give up until the last second.”