Fabregas ruled out but scan shows no tear

Cesc Fabregas’ withdrawal from the Spain squad with a hamstring problem has been confirmed, although his condition appears to have improved over the last few days.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho revealed after the 2-1 win at Liverpool that Fabregas was struggling with an injury and would report for international duty but would not be fit enough to play in games against Belarus and Germany.

The injury seems to be a strain rather than a tear, meaning he should be able to make a swift return to action.

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After assessing the player, the Spanish Football Federation confirmed in a statement that Fabregas would not be involved this week.

The statement read: “The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out for the games against Belarus and Germany following tests and an evaluation of his condition that was carried out this morning by the medical staff of the Spanish national team.

“The MRI done this morning in the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja (Madrid) showed a clear improvement with respect to the one done by his club on Sunday.

“Although the MRI discards a hamstring tear, the player continues to have discomfort and the medical team considers that his involvement in the next games would not be advisable for his complete recovery.”

Mourinho praised Fabregas and Ramires for playing in Saturday’s game at Anfield despite their respective injury concerns.

Ramires, recently back after a muscle problem, was substituted during the second half, while Fabregas managed to last the whole match.

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