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DIABY`S INJURY WOES CONTINUE

Published: 25 Feb 2009 - 11:24:21

Abou Diaby's reputation for being one of the most injury-prone footballers in England has been bolstered by the midfielder returning to the treatment table just 65 minutes into his latest comeback. After impressing during the first hour of the Champions League tie with Roma, Diaby signalled to the bench that he needed to be substituted and limped off. It's unknown how serious the injury is, but it is the latest in a very long line of mishaps that have waylaid the midfielder over the past year. Tuesday's outing was Diaby's first since he was stretchered off at the end of January's Premier League fixture with west Ham. Diaby also missed five games in December and November with fixtures with an abdominal strain having only made his first appearance of the season in October after straining a thigh muscle during pre-season training. Before that, Arsenal fans had last seen Diaby being helped off from a practice match in April that had been organised to speed-up his recovery from another muscle strain. While it is difficult to be exactly sure of the correct number, it is believed that Diaby's latest setback is his sixth separate injury since last February when his introduction at Manchester City as Tomas Rosicky's replacement lasted a mere ninety minutes. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is hopeful that both Emmanuel Adebayor and Eduardo will be available for the second leg in Rome on March 11. There was, however, no word on Theo Walcott whose own comeback from shoulder surgery was expected to take place this month.

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