You have to feel sorry for him. Abou Diaby has demonstrated mental strength to recover from one set back to another, time and time again however his latest serious injury will truly test the Frenchman’s mettle.
The midfielder seemed like he was trying to turn a new leaf this season and was in exceptional form at the beginning of this campaign, with one eye on his expiring contract next season.
However injury struck once again and the French international was forced out for the remainder of 2012, but has been cautious this year with Wenger opting to use the tall, powerhouse sparingly to avoid overuse.
But in training this week Diaby has unfortunately torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which is a very serious knee injury, a blow that Emmanuel Frimpong has suffered..twice.
He is expected to miss the remainder of 2013 as Arsenal’s official website revealed:
The Club can confirm that Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future. Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.
The thoughts and best wishes from everyone at Arsenal are with Abou, and we all wish him a successful recovery.
The first thought that came to mind when seeing the news of Diaby is his expiring contract and whether he will actually play for the Gunners again. Initially it was thought his current deal expired next summer, however the plot worsens for the Club as he reportedly signed a contract extension this month tying him to the North London side until 2015.
Regardless though this is a major blow for such a talented midfielder who has had his entire Arsenal career blighted by injury, such a shame. Get well soon Abou.