Diaby goes globetrotting in bid to save Arsenal career
Published 22:15 14/01/12 By Steve Stammers
Abou Diaby is going intercontinental in a frantic bid to resurrect his Arsenal career.
The 25-year-old French star has been plagued by injury problems since his £2.5million move from Auxerre six years ago.
He was seen as the natural successor to Patrick Vieira in midfield, but his progress has been cruelly interrupted several times.
In his latest attempt to regain fitness, Diaby has spent the last fortnight in Qatar where he has undergone rehabilitation after an ankle problem.
This week he will switch bases to Miami, Florida, where he will work with a fitness trainer.
The projected date for his first-team return is mid-March.
Diaby’s problems started in May 2006 – just as he was impressively adapting to the English game.
During a meaningless end-of-season game at The Stadium of Light in May 2006, he was the victim of a horror tackle from Sunderland’s Dan Smith.
It meant he missed out on any involvement in the 2006 Champions League Final in his home city of Paris against Barcelona.
Diaby needed three operations before he was able to play again.
He then picked up a thigh injury in March 2008, which kept him out until October.
In September 2010, Diaby suffered an ankle injury in another challenge.