Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Abou Diaby faces a further three weeks on the sidelines, who initially was scheduled for an early November return date.
Diaby, 25, has not featured for the Gunners since May due to persistent ankle injuries, and consequently went under the knife over the summer. The French international has suffered a setback in his recovery and Wenger has stated that he is “worried” by the midfielder’s struggle to return to full fitness.
You won’t see him [Diaby] for a while, the next three weeks. He will not play for France either. I am worried but I was more worried three months ago. His ankle was not good but the surgery went very well then.
Now his balance has changed so he has to adjust his muscular strength. He has had two small muscular concerns and if he can get rid of them in the next two to three weeks he will be ready. It’s a good time to get him right as we have a two-week break after Saturday.
Diaby has suffered many injuries in the past and has never really established himself as a regular starter. Many may question why he is still at the Emirates but he does show glimpses of brilliance when he returns… then gets injured again.
Personally I would like to see Diaby get a full season under his belt to prove his quality and become the ‘new Veira’ that he was supposed to develop into, but is it too late? Robin Van Persie (touch wood) has finally overcome his injury nightmares, could the same happen with Diaby next month? Share your thoughts below.