Diaby will get back to his best, insists Wenger
Published 12:11 02/12/11 By John Cross
Arsene Wenger insists Abou Diaby will make a full recovery - after admitting he feared for the injury-plagued midfielder's career.
French international Diaby has been ruled out again after pulling a muscle in his latest setback after only just coming back from surgery in the summer.
Wenger, also without Tomas Rosicky for tomorrow's trip to Wigan, admits that Diaby has been left feeling "low" but claims he will be back stronger.
The Arsenal boss said: "He's got injured again - it's a minor injury but at the moment I must say he is very low because he has put a lot of effort in to come back. He has not played one full game since the start of the season.
"I had the fear he would never get back to his best before his last surgery because he didn't look comfortable to me with his ankle. Now, I am convinced he will come back to his full potential.
"He is going through a very difficult moment just now because he has put so much dedication into his rehab and to be injured straight away again is very difficult to take for him. He has been out many times like that."
Wenger denies that Diaby was rushed back into the first team too soon and says the Frenchman was desperate to play.
Wenger added: "That's always what you think when you do it. The players are always impatient to come back.
"When they come back and they get injured, you think you have done it too early. But we felt with the fitness coaches that he was ready to play.
"What you then say always to a player is it is a moment where he has to keep strong and continue because it is a small injury."