Abou Diaby steps closer to Arsenal injury return

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Abou Diaby has taken another big step in his recovery from a serious knee injury, reports the Daily Mirror.

The French international midfielder has been sidelined since March after suffering damage to his cruciate knee ligament but has started running again as his rehabilitation continues.

Diaby's recovery from the the injury took a setback last month after it was revealed that he required further surgery on the inflicted area.

The 27-year-old started last season off brightly with several man of the match performances inspiring the Gunners to victory.

But his career, plagued by injury, was again halted by a succession of problems before the cruciate damage occurred.

With his contract expiring at the Emirates stadium in the summer of 2015, it goes without saying that Diaby will have to prove his fitness if he is to convince Arsene Wenger to extend his deal.

Wenger is hopeful that Diaby could be back to match fitness in March but knows it is still a long road back for his compatriot.

There is better news on the front of Lukas Podolski, who is back in full training after sustaining a grade three hamstring tear in August.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also close to recovering from his knee injury that has kept him out of action since the opening day of the season. Wenger is expecting the England international back in training in December and back on the pitch in the New Year.

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