Arsene Wenger says he’s unsure if Abou Diaby will make his comeback in the current campaign.
The midfielder has been back in light training for a little while now, but after so long out of the game with a cruciate ligament injury, and complications on top of that, the Arsenal manager is cautious.
He’s also likely to be concerned about putting Diaby back into the team at a time when the stakes are so high and there’s so much pressure on the team to get results.
Asked if he expected the Frenchman to make a return in the next few weeks, Wenger said, “It’s very difficult to say because he has not played for over a year now, and it’s very difficult for me to decide.
“Abou is back in full training on Thursday. He looks physically fine, but he has to play one or two games before I consider bringing him back.”
It could mean a run-out in an U21 fixture just to give him some match practice, but with so few games remaining between now and thee of the season, it would be something of a gamble to take.
Diaby’s last appearance was came on March 16th last year when he started against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Although he started that season with a full summer’s training behind him, he also missed a substantial spell between September and January, making just 16 appearances in total last time around.
Yet those of us that dream can hear the FA Cup final commentary now.
“And it’s Diaby, picking the ball up deep, he plays a one-two with Bendtner who takes the ball back, does a Cruyff turn, a rabona and that flip-flap thing that Ronaldinho used to do. He threads it through for Diaby with just the keeper to beat. He goes around him and
his leg falls offhe rolls it into the net. It’s 4-0 Arsenal!”
Any by dream I mean take industrial amounts of hallucinogens. But hey …