Fabregas injury mars Barcelona win
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas will undergo tests to determine the extent of an ankle injury picked up in the club’s 3-1 victory over a Malaysia XI.
Fabregas, who this week pledged his future to Barca after a summer of being pursued by Manchester United, was forced off in the 82nd minute of the pre-season clash in Kuala Lumpur.
The Spain international is now a doubt for the Catalans’ Primera Division opener next Sunday, with the reigning champions confirming they will receive a prognosis on the injury after further tests.
. @cesc4official has sprained his left ankle. The player will undergo further tests to determine the severity of his injury.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 10, 2013
Fabregas was the man of the match in the 3-1 victory, scoring the opener and creating goals for Neymar and Gerard Pique.
It was the Malaysian hosts who nearly took the lead after 20 minutes as Norshahrul Idlan Talaha burst through on goal but Victor Valdes made a fingertip save to deflect his shot onto the post.
The Primera Division champions were ahead just after the half-hour as Jordi Alba's cross from the left found Fabregas who headed home to open the scoring. But the lead lasted just eight minutes as hesitancy in the visitors' defence allowed Amri Yahyah to fire home from 18 yards.
Barca's response was even more swift as three minutes before the break Fabregas found Neymar who got round his man and slotted past Farizal Marlias.
The inevitable deluge of substitutions came in the second half but it did not knock the Spanish champions off their stride and in the 75th minute Pique made it 3-1 after latching onto a Fabregas pass following a corner.
Lionel Messi was missing for Gerardo Martino's men with a thigh strain but his absence was thought to be merely a precaution ahead of the start of the season.