By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas’ injury problems should not be likened to Michael Owen’s, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Manchester United striker has been dogged by hamstring trouble throughout his career and needed surgery to fix the latest recurrence earlier this year.
Fabregas is suffering a stop-start season of his own after picking up hamstring strains at Sunderland and Braga. But as far as his manager is concerned it does not follow that the Spaniard will have the same long-term problems as 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.
“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.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Nov 2010