Arsène Wenger backs Cesc Fàbregas to shake off injuries

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Arsène Wenger is confident that Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas is not destined for an injury-ravaged career after the Spaniard was ruled out for at least two weeks with a hamstring strain


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Arsène Wenger is confident that Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas is not destined for an injury-ravaged career after the Spaniard was ruled out for at least two weeks with a hamstring strain.

Fàbregas, 23, suffered the injury during Arsenal’s mid-week Champions League defeat to Sporting Braga. The Spanish international will miss his side’s trip to Villa Park, the visit of Fulham, Arsenal’s Carling Cup quarter-final clash with Wigan and possibly the crucial Champions League home tie with Partizan Belgrade.

The Barcelona youth product had only recently returned from an injury he picked up at Sunderland in September. And the Arsenal boss admits he is baffled by Fàbregas’s recent plight but remains confident the central midfielder will not endure the same fate as former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.

“Cesc is a ball giver and Owen was more a runner,” said Wenger. “The strength of Owen was more based on his pace and the timing of his runs. Cesc is more a playmaker, so he doesn’t need to sprint as much.”

“That’s what is remarkable in Cesc’s case: usually, people who are exposed to hamstring injuries are sprinters like Owen or Ryan Giggs but Cesc is more a stamina player and that’s what puzzles me a little bit.”

He added: “I’ll do what is right for him and for the club but I will listen, of course, to medical people.

“It is a hamstring and I remember Ryan Giggs has gone through that his whole career but it didn’t stop him from making a big career.”

Fàbregas made the move to London in September 2003 aged 16 and has since made 280 appearances for Arsenal during a seven-year spell in North London.

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