Arsenal’s recovering midfielder ‘Vassiriki’ Abou Diaby has endured one of the most unfortunate injury-littered careers we have ever seen, no matter how strong he comes back he just seems to be a ticking time bomb until another setback occurs.
The Frenchman is currently sidelined after suffering an ACL injury back in March and is not expected to play again until early next year. This was meant to be his breakthrough season after many injury-laden campaigns disrupting his huge potential, however a thigh strain ruled him out for a number of months after such a promising start to the campaign.
The perpetrator? People seem to think it was the horrific ankle injury against Sunderland in May 2006, and to a certain degree yes that has largely affected his constant battle with injuries, however he was clearly known as injury prone when in France. Auxerre vice-president Gerard Bourgoin revealed when discussing Diaby’s departure to North London:
We have always kept the young players which our coach wanted to use. But Diaby did not play, so this was a strategic sale for us.
Abou was one of the players I used at the start of the season and then he had to stop because of repetitive injuries.
With just 123 appearances to show for seven years in North London he has suffered a staggering 36 injuries. Here’s the list:
- ACL Knee Injury 2013 March 27th
- Calf/Shin Injury 2013 February 23rd
- Thigh Muscle Strain 2012 September 29th
- Muscle Injury 2012 September 7th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2012 April 28th
- Hamstring Injury 2012 March 29th
- Hamstring Injury 2012 March 3rd
- Hamstring Injury 2011 November 26th
- Ankle/Foot Injury 2011 July 22nd
- Calf Muscle Strain 2011 January 2nd
- Calf Muscle Strain 2010 December 30th
- Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 October 19th
- Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 October 4th
- Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 September 13th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2010 August 11th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2010 March 27th
- MCL Knee Ligament Injury 2010 February 17th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2010 January 20th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2009 November 7th
- Ankle/Foot Injury 2009 October 10th
- Groin Strain 2009 August 12th
- Knee Injury 2009 July 27th
- Thigh Muscle Strain 2009 April 1st
- Calf Muscle Strain 2009 February 24th
- Thigh Muscle Strain 2009 January 31st
- Abdominal Strain 2008 November 22nd
- Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 August 3rd
- Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 April 25th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2008 March 7th
- Calf Muscle Strain 2008 February 8th
- Back Injury 2007 November 22nd
- Sprained Ankle 2007 August 14th
- Concussion 2007 April 20th
- Sprained Ankle 2007 February 25th
- Knee Injury 2007 February 2nd
- Ankle/Foot Injury 2006 May 1st
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It is sad to see such an extensive list for a promising player such as Diaby who has given everything for Arsenal and Wenger. But he was clearly a risk when he was bought and luck has certainly not been on his side.
At 27-years-old, time is running out for the French international, however he still has a contract with the Gunners until 2015. As much as I love his attitude and dedication as well as his ability when fit, it seems that it is perhaps time to depart with Diaby. He would not command a high transfer fee but freeing up his wages will allow another less-injury prone star to make the switch to Emirates Stadium. However this will probably not happen until the end of the year when he can run again!
What are your thoughts on Diaby? Do you think Wenger should continue to pay his medical bill or is it time to let him go? Feel free to comment below…