Diaby sees the positives in his latest injury nightmare
Arsenal news: Abou Diaby feels his long mid-season injury lay-off could help in the run in.
Arsenal midfielder, Abou Diaby, insists that he will be ready for Arsenal's season run-in as he returns from another injury setback.
The French midfielder suffered a severe thigh injury back in September during his side's 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the Emirates, ruling him out for the next three months.
However, Diaby feels the injury break could work to his advantage as others around him tire out nearer the end of the season.
Diaby has recovered well and has been slowly working his way back to fitness since returning to full training.
The 26-year-old believes the large chunk of this season he has spent recovering from the latest in a raft in injuries should mean he will be fresh for the run-in and can ease the burden on some of his colleagues.
“I think I will be good in the last two months of the season,” Diaby told the official Arsenal website.
“At the same time, when you come back, it’s not easy because you’re not fit enough.
“The players and the game reach such a level of physicality that it is difficult to catch. But I think [my spell out is] good for the end of the season.”
Diaby has made only 12 first team appearances for the Gunners this season as he tries to find the light at the end of an injury-hit tunnel.
He joined Arsenal from French side Auxerre in January 2006, though has only made 136 starts and 43 sub appearances for the club owing to injury after injury.
The Frenchman was hailed as the new Patrick Vieira at Arsenal but the constant fitness problems have meant he is yet to reach his full potential at the club.
Diaby is optimistic his injury days are behind him and he is ready for the rest of the season, though his track record will have many Gunners fans wanting to see before believing.
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