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Wenger hopeful Fabregas will not suffer same hamstring problems as Owen

Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will not have similar issues to Michael Owen following the Spaniard's latest hamstring woe. Midfielder Fabregas is expected to miss the next two weeks after injuring his right leg in Tuesday night's Champions League defeat at Braga.

The problem follows a troublesome strain in his other leg, which he suffered in September's Premier League draw at Sunderland.

"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.

"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."

Wenger revealed yesterday he may ration Fabregas' playing time for the next couple of months in order to prevent his star player suffering a recurrence of the injury.

"We will consult every specialist we can," he said.

"But, at the end of the day, it doesn't stop him from being injured."

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