Cesc Fabregas aims for a quick recovery

The Spanish midfielder sustained ligament damage in a challenge with compatriot Xabi Alonso back in December, and had been expected to face nearly four months on the sidelines.

But after the latest tests on the injury proved positive, Fabregas is now looking to aid Arsenal's ailing title hopes by making a quick return.

"In fact, my leg is getting stronger and the doctors tell me that the ligament has healed," Fabregas wrote in his programme notes ahead of the game against West Ham.

"I will take it step by step, but hopefully I can come back earlier than first expected. However, let's wait and see.

"It's true that now it is about building up the muscle and on Thursday I had a very little jog for the first time, so it is great news and I am happy because I can see a big improvement.

"I will be coming back to England in two weeks' time and, after being assessed by the physios, we will set a target date for my return."