December 5 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Abou Diaby’s injury nightmare is set to continue until March 2014 after yet more surgery on his troublesome knee.
He had been expected to return by Christmas but after going under the knife again it should see the 27-year-old Frenchman complete a full year on the Arsenal treatment table, having last played in March this year.
The midfielder, who has 18 months left on his current contract, has been plagued by injuries during his seven years with the Gunners and his latest setback is a further blow.
Wenger said: “He had a little keyhole surgery again on the knee.
“The knee blew up every time he did something and it is now six months after the cruciate.
“He could not even jog so with the new surgery that’s a setback for him.
“I don’t think that, realistically, competitive football can be played before March.
“He has one and a half years to go.”
There is however more positive injury news for Wenger who revealed that striker Lukas Podolski is expected to return by the end of November and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the following month, while teen forward Yaya Sanogo “could be the earliest one which could be mid-November.”
The Gunners boss will also have to assess Mathieu Flamini’s availability for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund after he left yesterday’s 4-1 win over Norwich with concussion 37 minutes in.