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Van Persie in squad to face Barca

LONDON, March 7 – Injury doubt Robin van Persie has been added to Arsenal's squad for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Van Persie had been expected to miss the tie after injurying his knee during Arsenal’s League Cup final defeat against Birmingham on February 27.

But his inclusion was another boost to manager Arsene Wenger who earlier said captain Cesc Fabregas was "90 percent likely" to be fit.

The pair had fitness tests on Monday ahead of the Nou Camp meeting in which Arsenal will hope to defend a 2-1 lead.

"Fabregas will have a final test today (Monday)," said Wenger.

"It is 90 percent he will travel and be fit. It is vital for us because he is important in the transition between attacking and defending. He is also the leader of the team so we want him there."

Midfielder Alex Song, who started the first leg, has been ruled out with a knee injury but Jack Wilshere has recovered from slight ankle discomfort.

"Alex Song is completely out. He had a test on Sunday morning and it was negative," said Wenger. "Wilshere will be fit.

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"Everybody else who played on Saturday should be available."

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