Could Arsenal's midfielder still have a future at the club?
The weekend marked a significant date - March 16 was exactly one year to the day since Abou Diaby played his last game for Arsenal.
The unlucky Frenchman would go onto suffer a cruciate knee ligament injury, the latest in a catalogue of problems for the 27-year-old.
It was reported at the time he would be out until the end of 2013, and three months into the new year there is barely a sight of him.
Yet could that be about to change? It is being reported by Ligue 1 journalist Matt Spiro that the Arsenal midfielder has given an interview to France Football magazine that he intends to fight for his footballing future.
Headline in tomorrow's France Football magazine interview with #AFC's forgotten man Abou Diaby: 'I'll never give up'— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) March 17, 2014
The midfielder is yet to return to training, with Arsene Wenger stating in January: "His recovery is going slowly, he is still on a long-term recovery programme."
It's near impossible to imagine he will play again this season, despite the ArsenalReport.com Injury Room stating he is scheduled to return to training in three weeks. Diaby has not given up though.
Diaby working like mad to get back. Training at altitude in French Alps this week. Back at #AFC April 1. Desperate to play this season (FF)— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) March 18, 2014
French manager Didier Deschamps stated in October the door was still open for him to make the World Cup squad if he could win his fitness battle, but that looks to have passed him by.
Even if he does return to training, he certainly won't be rushed into the first team by Arsene Wenger this season with plenty of options at their disposal, even with injuries to Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.
For Diaby, it's going to be all about getting fit for pre-season, and the next campaign. In the summer of 2015 he will be out of contract, and if he does not have better luck next year, it could be his final shot at Arsenal. The chronic bad luck he has suffered means surely he deserves some success more than anybody.