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Abou Diaby’s return from injury will be taking longer than expected.

The Frenchman had been ruled out for nine months in March after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

But Diaby’s recovery period is set to be extended to at least a year after feedback from the Arsenal camp suggested that the former Auxerre man may need until the latter stages of this campaign to return to training.

With the severity of his knee injury requiring a slow and cautious return to fitness, Diaby, who will first need to participate in reserves games before joining up with the first team when fit again, may well miss the entire season.

The midfielder last played a game in Arsenal colours on March 16 in last season’s 2-0 away victory at Swansea. And speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Southampton, Arsene Wenger echoed the news that Diaby will take some months after the new year to return.

“Diaby will be back in March” Wenger said.

The 27-year-old is currently able to move freely and even gave his own update via twitter back in June. But resuming action on the pitch will take much longer.

Let’s all wish Diaby the best of luck.

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