'No way back' - Arsenal star Diaby faces early retirement: Report

Will Arsenal's Abou Diaby have to retire at the end of the season?

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby faces an early retirement, according to a report in The Mail.

The Frenchman's comeback season has stalled so far with only one appearance, in the Capital One Cup defeat at home to Southampton.

At 28, his contract runs out at the end of the season, and the paper believes he will not only not be offered a new contract, but decide to retire as a result.

"Diaby’s Gunners playing career is expected to come an end at the end of the season after another injury hit campaign.

"Arsenal’s medical team have worked hard with Diaby, but the sheer volume of injuries he’s sustained has taken its toll.

"It’s nobody’s fault. Just utter bad luck. There seems to be no way back for the Frenchman at Arsenal."

Arsenal are yet to comment on the report, and as recently as last month, Arsene Wenger was still talking up Diaby as a player he had high hopes for.

"I tried to develop [Diaby] in a deeper role, I think he can do it. He can be very interesting because he has all the attributes to do it. After, he must love it as well because he's more of an offensive-minded play."

The Frenchman was even discussed by Didier Deschamps as recently as last January as having an outside chance for the World Cup, had his recovery turned out to be at a faster rate.

For Diaby to have to call time on his career would be a terrible shame for a player so talented, but he has been so ravaged by injuries that at a club outside Arsenal, he may not get the support he needs, and be able to play at a level he desires to.

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