Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will miss the rest of the season after a scan confirmed he had broken his right leg.
Fabregas suffered the injury in the closing moments of their Champions League clash with Barcelona at Emirates Stadium and is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks.
The Gunners battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and Spain international Fabregas sustained the injury in a challenge with Barca skipper Carles Puyol which saw the Gunners awarded a late penalty.
Fabregas scored the resulting spot-kick minute but limped through the remainder of the match with Arsene Wenger having already used all his substitutes.
The 22-year-old was visibly pained after firing home the penalty left the Emirates on crutches.
“When I took the penalty, I was quite strong, but after when I went to get the ball, I could not walk any more,” he added.
The midfielder will not play for his club again this term but still has hopes of recovering in time to represent his country at the World Cupin South Africa.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website read: “Following a scan this afternoon, the club can confirm that Cesc Fabregas has suffered a small crack in his right fibula as a result of the collision with Barcelona defender Carles Puyol during Wednesday evening’s match.
“As a consequence, Cesc will miss the remainder of the domestic campaign as he will be out of action for at least six weeks.”