Arsene Wenger has announced that Abou Diaby is "ready to play" after being sidelined for over a year with a cruciate ligament injury.
The central midfielder has been injured all season for the Gunners but could make an appearance in the coming weeks after featuring in Arsenal's under-21 match against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Wenger told BBC Sport: "He hasn't played for a year, but physically he is ready to play, completely.
"It is now just decision-making, getting used to challenges again. Everybody counted him out, but he is fit and ready."
The manager has been hindered by an extensive injury list this year and is still without Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott going into the final run of fixtures.
Arsenal still have three league games remaining but there is a possibility that the Frenchman could appear in one of the final games with the club's mind focused on the FA Cup final later in May.
Diaby hasn't featured in a league match since March last year where he played in the 2-0 win away to Swansea. But the 27-year-old will be hoping to make some sort of impact before the season comes to a conclusion and put his name in Wenger's plans with just one-year remaining on his contract.
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