Abou Diaby has spoken about his injury problems as he tries to come to terms with another spell on the sidelines as his recovery from ankle surgery continues to banjax every muscle in his body.
The French international has barely played any football in the last 18 months and has been regularly sidelined in the last six years since a call-centre worker from Sunderland snapped his leg in two just six months after he arrived in England.
Speaking about his desperate desire to prove wrong his doubters, the lanky midfielder explained that his latest setback is ‘nothing serious’ (he expects to be back inside 10 days) before putting the niggle in context with the rest of his problems.
“People stick this ‘fragile’ label on me,” he told L’Equipe. “I understand their point of view, but I’m not.”
“I’ve had three operations on the ankle during my career. After that, my body was totally unbalanced between my left and right leg. One leg compensated for the weakness of the other – and to put back in its place is not easy.
“My problem is biomechanical. It will take some time. When everything is back in order, I won’t have pain anymore.
“I have to return quickly and, above all, I must be good when I play again, otherwise the coach will not take me.
“Even if he trusts me, I must perform. And I want to repay his confidence.”
That confidence is obviously shared not just by Arsene Wenger, but also compatriot Bacary Sagna who insists that if it weren’t for the constant fitness battle Diaby would be a stalwart both on the domestic and international scene.
Speaking to French station Canal + after the Liverpool game, the right-back stated confidently: “Without injuries Diaby would surely be the best french footballer. I am devastated for him
Arseblog News can’t even begin to imagine how frustrating life must be for Diaby right now. The poor bloke is obviously talented (albeit quite fucking dopey sometimes), but to be injured for so long and to have comebacks repeatedly followed by further problems is enough to break the spirit of any man. Good luck to him again, let’s hope he gets some game time before the end of the season.