Arsenal’s France international midfielder unlikely to play before March after suffering cruciate knee ligament blow, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirming the news.
Arsenal star Abou Diaby has received another injury setback that will sideline him until March 2014 at the earliest, report the Daily Mirror.
The France international has proven himself one of the most talented midfielders both for Les Bleus and for the Gunners, but an inability to retain full fitness ever since a terrible tackle from Sunderland’s Dan Smith in May 2006 has hampered his capacity to meet his potential.
The cruciate knee ligament rupture Diaby suffered in March 2013 was believed to keep him on the sidelines until December, but the requirement of further surgery will mean that absence is extended to at least a year.
Given his previous form, it now seems hard to envisage him playing again in 2013-14.
In what can only be described as a tragically unlucky run, Diaby has had 15 injuries since the start of the 2008-2009 season.
Having been at Arsenal nearly eight full seasons, Diaby has made just 123 Premier League appearances – the equivalent of just under three entire campaigns’ worth.
“He had a little keyhole surgery again, on the the knee because his knee blew up every time he did something so it is now six months after the cruciate,” said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
“He could not even jog yet so with new surgery it is a setback for him so competitive football cannot be played before March.”