Arsenal’s Abou Diaby has told Football.fr that he hopes to be back running within one month as the midfielder continues to recover from surgery on his anterior knee ligament. It is doubtful, however, that the player, who is recovering in France, will be able to play any competitive football before 2014.
I’m on schedule, even if my condition fluctuates.
Sometimes I’m ahead, sometimes behind, but I should be able to start to run in four weeks.
Diaby suffered the knee injury in training as he made his way back from calf problem.
Despite undergoing extensive work last summer aimed at helping him get over the injury problems which have plagued him since Dan Smith broke his ankle just a few months after the Frenchman signed for Arsenal, Diaby spent the majority of the 2012/2013 season in the treatment room once again.
The initial timescale for Diaby’s return given by the Arsenal medical staff was eight to nine months. At the end of March, Arsenal issued a statement saying
The Club can confirm that Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future. Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.
The thoughts and best wishes from everyone at Arsenal are with Abou, and we all wish him a successful recovery.
See Abou Diaby’s full injury record for Arsenal here [minus current injury]