Another day, another injury for Abou Diaby.
According to a report by Goal.com’s Wayne Veysey, Arsenal will yet again be without the French midfielder until the new year, done for three months after he tore his hamstring. That would bring him to around late February for a return.
It’s hard not to feel bad for the 28-year-old, especially after manager Arsene Wenger went out on a limb this fall to pump up Diaby in the media, calling him “a giant, mentally” to be injured so often and yet fight back each time.
Diaby has made just two appearances in all competitions since March of 2013 when he tore knee ligaments. The latest was a League Cup appearance, a 2-1 loss to Southampton back on September 23.
After arriving from Ligue 1 side Auxerre in 2006, Diaby made 159 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal in his first six years with the club, and many thought he could finally replace longtime squad fixture and captain Patrick Viera, who had left the year prior for Juventus. Instead, he has succumbed to injury after injury, making just 22 appearances since the summer of 2011.
Diaby has faced time off for just about every conceivable injury. According to talkSPORT’s compilation of his injury history, Diaby has missed the most time with calf problems, but has also been forced off for knee injuries, thigh strains, ankle sprains, abdominal injuries, and a concussion.
The Arsenal manager was hoping to “transform” Diaby this summer and the midfielder had made three appearances for the U-21 side on his way back from the knee problem. Wenger said of hoping to morph Diaby’s role, “I try to transform him because he was injured and has the physical potential to win the challenges, to face the game will be easier for him than to play back to goal with the injuries he had.
“I try to develop him in a deeper role. I think he can do it, he can be very interesting, has all the attributes. He must love it as well because he’s more of an offensive minded player.”