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05-04-2010, 13:50
<div class="track"><img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/62044?ns=guardian&pageName=Alex+Song+ruled+out+of+Arsenal%27s+match+ against+Barcelona%3AArticle%3A1381167&ch=Football&c3=GU.co.uk&c4=Arsenal+FC+%28Football%29%2CChampions+League%2C Barcelona+%28Football+club%29%2CFootball%2CSport&c6=Rob+Bagchi&c7=10-Apr-05&c8=1381167&c9=Article&c10=&c11=Football&c13=&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FFootball%2FArsenal" width="1" height="1" /></div><p class="standfirst">• Cameroon player has not travelled to Spain<br />• Groin injury for Song leaves Sol Campbell favourite to start</p><p>Alex Song, the Arsenal defensive midfielder and stand-in central defender, has been ruled out of the Gunners' Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Barcelona with a knee injury.</p><p>The Cameroon international, who moved into the back four during Wednesday's first leg 2-2 draw at the Emirates after William Gallas was forced off with a recurrence of a calf strain, has not travelled to Barcelona with the rest of the squad for tomorrow night's game.</p><p>Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, was understood to favour Song partnering Thomas Vermaelen, believing his greater mobility offered more defensive security than either of the two veterans, Sol Campbell and Mikaël Silvestre.</p><p>Campbell started at the heart of Arsenal's defence during last Premier League match, the 1-0 victory over Wolves, with Silvestre at left-back and despite Wenger's concerns that two matches in the space of four days may be too much for the centre-half, Wenger seems to have little option but to select the 35-year-old at Camp Nou tomorrow night.</p><div class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><ul><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/arsenal">Arsenal</a></li><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/championsleague">Champions League</a></li><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/barcelona">Barcelona</a></li></ul></div><div class="author"><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/robbagchi">Rob Bagchi</a></div><br/><div class="terms"><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk">guardian.co.uk</a> &copy; Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our <a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html">Terms & Conditions</a> | <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds">More Feeds</a></div><p style="clear:both" />
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