Abou Diaby’s latest rehabilitation will see the midfielder start to run in around four weeks time.
The injury-prone Frenchman had another torrid season last year and has been sidelined since March, with his expected not scheduled until December, however his fitness would be heavily low and would need a month or two to gain that back.
“I’m on schedule, even if my condition fluctuates. Sometimes I’m ahead, sometimes behind, but I should be able to start to run in for four weeks.” Diaby told Footbal.fr.
Diaby has been one of the most injured players in Arsenal’s history but his hopes of putting that behind him looked good with a dominant display against Liverpool, however they came back to haunt him as he picked up an ankle injury in the loss against Chelsea and his stuttering season began all over again.
It was hoped that Diaby would complete a Robin Van Persie comeback to perform superbly after overcoming his injury problems however Diaby has only been able to show his talent in glimpses with injuries still getting the better of him, however Wenger surprisingly has kept the faith with the midfielder.
It is a frustrating situation for the manager to have such a talented player forever injured but the patience of the Arsenal faithful is finally starting to wear thin. IT seems Wenger’s is not and it could get worse for Gooners as Diaby’s return from injury could tempt Wenger out of the market for a defensive midfielder.
It is the position where Arsenal need to strengthen most with Etienne Capoue, Lars Bender, Ilkay Gundogan, Maxime Gonalons, Victor Wanyama and Marouane Fellaini all linked with moves to the Emirates but they could all be dashed if Wenger opts to once again rely on Diaby’s fitness only for it to once again backfire and leave the club worryingly thin in that department.
Arsene Wenger has taken too many risks in the last decade at the club and not too many have paid off. He has been lucky enough to be armed with substantial finances, he must now use them accordingly to heavily improve his current squad to turn them in to challengers again rather than rely on his under performing squad who only managed fourth place in the Premier League by one point.