Abou Diaby injured: Arsenal midfielder suffers his 40th injury since joining the Gunners to throw future in doubt
Surely not again. After suffering an incredible and soul-destroying 39 injuries during his time with Arsenal, Abou Diaby is reported to have suffered another setback in his recovery from injury that will see him miss the start of the season.
Diaby missed the majority of last season after suffering a serious knee injury, but he returned to make an appearance in the final match of the season against Norwich. After the summer break and a full pre-season program, Arsenal were hopeful that Diaby would put his injury troubles behind him, but he is believed to have suffered a hip injury during the 1-0 defeat to New York Red Bulls last month.
The French midfielder was a notable absentee during last weekend’s Emirates Cup as he wasn’t named on the bench despite Arsene Wenger having just nine substitutes available. The 28-year-old is currently the Gunners longest serving player, but he has only made 179 appearances since joining in January 2006 and has been limited to 21 matches in the last three seasons.
He offers an alternative option for Wenger in the defensive midfielder role that has caused Arsenal issues in the past few years, with the Gunners still seeking their ‘next Patrick Vieira’ after the former captain made the central midfield role his own.
There were hopes that Diaby would go the season injury-free to put the worst behind him – much like Tomas Rosicky has done at the North London club – but that hope is wearing thin and questions over his future in football will arise after he recently admitted to considering retirement due to injury.
Read more: Diaby admits he considered retirement
Rosicky feels he owes everything to Arsenal
Ox wants FA Cup success to breed momentum
There is not yet a timescale on a return to action, but he will miss Sunday’s Community Shield match at Wembley against Manchester City.
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