Abou Diaby has told France Football that he’ll never give up on his dream of playing for France in this summer’s World Cup, despite the fact he hasn’t played this season.
The midfielder is said to be undertaking intensive training in the Alps in a last-ditch bid to feature for Arsenal this season in the hope of turning Didier Deschamps’ head.
Diaby suffered an ACL injury in training just under a year ago and has since endured a number of setbacks with Arsene Wenger casting doubts over the chances of the former Auxerre man featuring this term.
“I’ve never given up hope of going to the World Cup,” Diaby is quoted as saying. “Thinking of that has kept me going. Once I’m back on pitch, everything’s possible.”
There’s also a comment from the man charged with getting Diaby fightint fit: “9/10 players would’ve given up. People who say Diaby is fragile are wrong. He is Highlander.”
Arseblog News wishes Diaby the best of luck. He may have a body that let’s him down, but you’ve got to admire his mental strength.
He still has a year left on his contract at the Emirates so presumably Arsenal’s medical team will be urging caution despite his enthusiasm for a ‘swift’ comeback.
Quotes and heads up courtesy of French football correspondent Matt Spiro – give him a follow.