By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will listen to his medical team before deciding when Cesc Fabregas can return to the Arsenal side.

The Spaniard limped out of Tuesday’s defeat at Braga with a hamstring injury midway through the second half. The same problem has troubled Fabregas for much of the campaign so, understandably, the manager is prepared to take his time before bringing him back.

“It could be two weeks but we are in a position where we may need to be a bit more cautious with him because it is a recurrence of his hamstring problem,” he said.

“I will follow what the medical people tell me and Cesc tells me – if he feels perfectly alright after two weeks then I will play him.

“I don’t know if [the injury] is down to the World Cup. What is for sure is that every hamstring injury you have gives you more chances to have another one. That’s why I say maybe we have to be a bit more cautious.

“This time we were concerned with one leg before the game and it happened on the other leg. It is very difficult to predict – I am not scientific enough to speak about that and none of the medical people we have seen yet can tell us more.”

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25 Nov 2010