Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is training at high altitude in the French Alps this week to aid his latest to recover from injury, telling France Football that he has not given up on playing again this season for club or country.
Diaby has been out for close to 12 months after breaking in down in training with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, with an attempted comeback earlier this season only serving to aggravate the problem further.
The 27-year-old is no stranger to setbacks and has refused to give up on playing for France in the World Cup this summer, with the playmaker expected back at London Colney for assessment by Arsenal club doctors on April 1st.
With time running out to feature this season Diaby has refused to be downbeat, declaring that once he finally returns things can change quickly.
In an interview with France Football the midfielder stated: "I've never given up hope of going to the World Cup.
"Thinking of that has kept me going. Once I'm back on pitch, everything's possible."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will not take any chances with Diaby's comeback, although a return to training before the April is not out of the question if extensive rehabilitation work over the last few months has gone according to plan.
How Wenger could be with a fully fit Diaby at this crucial stage of the campaign, with Arsenal four points behind league leaders Chelsea with a game in-hand despite being without Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere for significant portions of the campaign.