It’s just over two months since Arsenal revealed Abou Diaby had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but aside from the club’s initial prognosis that he’ll be out until 2014 there’s been very little in the way of updates.
L’Equipe now report that having undergone surgery the midfielder is continuing his rehabilitation at the Clairefontaine academy, the technical centre outside Paris where he spent three years before moving to Auxere in 2002.
Given the relatively short time that has elapsed since the injury it’s likely Diaby isn’t undertaking strenuous rehab exercises, but given the Arsenal physio team probably fancied a holiday its good that he’s still able to work in familiar surroundings.
Fingers crossed everything goes well for him. Given the number of setbacks he’s had its plausible that his ‘football age’ is less than when we signed him.
Talking of injury-prone French footballers it’s been suggested that prospective new boy Yaya Sanogo could be loaned back to Auxerre if the Ligue 1 side’s chairman gets his way.
While a deal has yet to be ratified by Arsenal, Guy Contret revealed that Arsene Wenger is keen to take a closer look at the young striker during pre-season before deciding on his first team credentials.
“Wenger wants to see Sanogo on pre-season before taking a decision about a complete move to Arsenal or a loan to another club,” said Contret.
“If Wenger decides to loan the player, Sanogo will play for Auxerre next season.”
At 20-years-old and with no work permit problems to overcome it would seem an odd decision to immediately send Sanogo back to France. For one he needs time to adapt to life in England and secondly we need squad reinforcements not more padding.
Contret quotes courtesy of @GrooverBlog