Arsenal's French international has another injury setback and faces pressure from fans to call time on his career.
Injury prone midfielder Abou Diaby has suffered another major setback in his fight for fitness, with Goal.com reporting that he has suffered a serious hamstring tear in training. It is believed that it will keep Diaby out for at least three months, and could jeopardise his career both at Arsenal and in football altogether.
The last four years have seen Diaby absolutely blighted with injuries, limiting the 28-year-old to just 22 appearances across all competitions since the start of the 2011/2012 season. The majority of those appearances came before he tore his ACL in March 2013 and since then Diaby has only pulled on an Arsenal shirt twice.
The constant time off the field means that in Diaby's decade-long career at Arsenal, he's only made 180 appearances across all competitions.
With the French international's contract expiring at the end of the season, his injury record over recent seasons means that it is highly unlikely he'll be offered a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium.
While most fans have offered Diaby an outpouring of sympathy, there has also been a lot of talk about whether this latest injury is a further sign that the ex-Auxerre player should listen to his body and hang up his boots for good.
Abou Diaby may as well just retire. He 's not even a footballer, he just routinely ruins his body by injuring himself in a periodic fashion.— Hagrid (@HarryBlackburn2) November 13, 2014
Sounds a bit cruel, but why does Abou Diaby even bother at this stage?— Brenzie (@Brenzie) November 13, 2014
I love Abou Diaby but he need to retire. #Arsenal and sign a defensive midfielder.— We Love Arsenal (@tomgunner14) November 13, 2014
However, some Arsenal fans were able to take a light hearted view on the latest woe to befoul one of their most frequent visitors to the physio's table.