Fabianski suffered the injury in the 3-1 win against Norwich City last Saturday and the Pole missed Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Everton, when his compatriot returned after a five-game absence. Arsène Wenger has elaborated on the extent of the damage to Fabianski and it appears that Szczesny could be set for a run in the team. He will certainly start in Saturday's Premier League fixture at Fulham.
"Lukasz has a crack in his rib that has not moved," Wenger said. "That means we have to treat it clinically. That means has he pain or not? That is day by day. I don't know when he'll be back."
Wenger granted Szczesny what he called a breather last month, in the wake of an erratic run of form, and the manager suggested that the pressure the younger Pole was under may have affected his confidence. He did not take Szczesny to Munich for the Champions League last 16 second leg against Bayern and he did not name him as a substitute for the league games against West Bromwich Albion and Norwich. Vito Mannone was the cover for Fabianski.
But Szczesny, who turned 23 today, was solid against Everton and Wenger said his response to being dropped had been positive. "He had a good performance against Everton. I was pleased with his focus, with his sharpness. He dealt well with the situation that he faced. In our job, there is only one way to respond, which is to practise harder and stronger and show that you are ready for a fight. That is what he did."
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