Abou Diaby last played for Arsenal against Chelsea on 29th September. Since then he has been stuck in the infinite three week injury loop and yesterday Arsene Wenger confirmed that we would not see the influential midfielder before next year.
Wenger said about Diaby
“Slow progress. I cannot give you any fixed date because we are a bit in no man’s land on that front. He is working. We are waiting for him to come back but he is not ready.”
Diaby’s problem is, once again, muscular, and back in November, Wenger admitted his concern over the player’s problems, saying
“The situation for Diaby is so frustrating and for us as well we started the season well with him in the team and since he has been out we have felt it. He balances our team as he has stature and presence physically when he is there, but clearly his injury problems are a concern.
“I can tell you he has been everywhere in the world to be assessed. There is an explanation. He is quick, strong, has good stamina, good resistance to repeat, but his muscle strength is not good enough to deal with that. Sometimes little fibres go in his muscles, this is basically his problem.
“When you play every three days, you cannot rebuild your strength as you need to recover. When you don’t rebuild your strength, through the games you burn your fibres a bit and become weaker and weaker, so that means he gets injured.
“The second reason for his problems of course is his ankle. Since he was slaughtered at Sunderland, his mobility in his ankle has been affected.”
“Of course mentally it is difficult to deal with it when Abou looks at his career in the past six years. He is a top guy, conscientious, he cares about everybody, but it is difficult when he is injured so much.”