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THEO'S TEARS; FINAL AGONY FOR WALCOTT.

Byline: DARREN LEWIS

Arsenal 1 Stoke 0 THEO WALCOTT is out of Sunday's Carling Cup Final - and Arsenal will learn today whether Cesc Fabregas will join him.

Walcott, who was carried off in tears, is also a doubt for Barcelona on March 8 after twisting an ankle.

Arsene Wenger said: "For Sunday, Walcott is out and that is definite. He has an ankle sprain, but I cannot tell you how long he will be out."

Fabregas - who has suffered hamstring trouble all season -limped off after just 15 minutes, and must be rated a big doubt for the Wembley date with Birmingham.

Wenger said: "Fabregas is a hamstring problem. We will assess that tomorrow.

"Tonight it is impossible to say how serious it is.

"It is, of course, a concern that he is injured - but it can happen, unfortunately. He was very upset, I am as well. It is not his fault, it is not my fault, it is part of sport." The clubs were meeting for the first time since Ryan Shawcross (left) put Aaron Ramsey out of the game with a broken leg a year ago.

Shawcross was barracked by Gunners fans and Stoke were hit with taunts of "You're scum, and you know you are" as Walcott was carried off last night. But Wenger absolved the Potters of any blame for the England winger's injury.

He insisted: "I don't have an issue with Stoke for any aspect of their game.

"It is a team that you know that you have to prepare mentally for before you play them - or you won't win."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2011
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