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Wenger Reveals Fresh Injury Setback For Abou Diaby
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Abou Diaby has suffered another injury setback.
The injury-plagued midfielder had only recently made a playing return after over 18 months out with a serious knee injury.
It was the latest in a long, long, long line of injury problems for the Frenchman – who has been restricted to just 23 appearances over the past four years.
The 28-year-old started in our 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton in late September and it seemed he was set to push for a regular role in the first team.
However, Diaby hasn’t been seen in recent weeks and now Arsene has revealed that the 28-year-old has picked up a minor calf strain.
The boss told Arsenal.com:
“He is not in the squad because he has a small calf problem,” explained Wenger.
“He has little injuries at the moment, never anything bad, but he has been out for such a long time that when he plays it takes him a long time to recover.
“It’s much worse for Abou because Theo has not gone through so many injuries. You wonder where Abou gets the strength back to come back and work harder and harder and harder.
“When you come in in the morning he’s already in the gym to prepare. He has done extremely well – you cannot fault his attitude at all. You can only admire him for that. He is always in my mind. His first injury at Sunderland in the last minute – that was a huge blow in his career.”
Fingers crossed Abou can get himself fit again soon as he deserves one final go at the first team. The problem is, as Arsene says, after such a long time out he’s going to be susceptible to minor knocks so we’ll just have to be patient and see if he can get himself fit.