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Tim Cahill says his friend Mikel Arteta deserves a call up to the Spain squad this summer whether Cesc Fabregas makes the World Cup or not.

And the Aussie has also offered his support to Everton’s latest injury victim Dan Gosling after his bad news this week.

Arsenal midfielder Fabregas cracked his right fibula during the Champions League clash with Barcelona and now faces at least six weeks out.

The injury means the Gunners captain's World Cup campaign is now in question.

Cahill admits if that's the case then attentions may turn to his Everton teammate but says Arteta should go to South Africa whether Fabregas makes it or not.

"Mikel is one of my closest friends and I think Mikel deserves to be in the squad on his own merits," the Australian told evertonTV.  "For Spain it is important they do get Fabregas back because you saw against Barcelona how talented he is.  Maybe if he doesn't make it back then Mikel could get the chance to be in the squad. 

"I think the best thing for Mikky is to just get fit and everyone knows what he can do," he continued.  "The Spanish manager knows that too. 

"Even without the Fabregas incident I think Mikel deserves a chance if he can get himself up to full fitness."

Despite establishing himself in the Premier League since his arrival at Everton in 2005 Arteta has never played for his country.

In a crushing twist of fate, the Spaniard revealed he was set for his first call up in February 2009.

However he suffered a serious knee injury during the Newcastle game just 24 hours before the squad was announced and his name was removed from the list.

Cahill says Arteta would be a valuable asset for Spain this summer and believes his recent performances with Everton prove he is ready.

"He has always had the right temperament.  He is always ready for anything and is a great professional. 

"I think maybe there is a question is over the length of time he had out and how fit his body will be in six or eight weeks time," Cahill continued.  "That though is the same for every player. 

"I think what Mikky has done over the years so far means he warrants a place already but there is only one man who can make the decision."

Meanwhile Cahill says the whole squad are supporting Dan Gosling after a scan revealed he'd ruptured his cruciate ligament.

The injury means the young midfielder will be out of action for nine months.

But Cahill says the whole Club's behind him as he starts his long road to recovery.

"It is going to be a lengthy lay off for him but there are a lot of us here who have had similar injuries. 

"It gives you a time to reflect so you try to learn about your injury and also learn about life in general," he explained.  "Dan will have a lot of great support from all the lads. 

"He is only young so he has got plenty of years of football left in him so he just needs to be professional and try to learn from this experience."

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