Diaby set to return for Arsenal

Abou Diaby is nearing a comeback from a four-month injury lay-off, with the Arsenal midfielder in contention to be selected by Arsene Wenger for the weekend’s Premier League match against Manchester City, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Diaby was injured against Chelsea in September and has not played for the Gunners first team since September, a thigh injury keeping the France international out of action. However, Diaby played more than an hour for the Arsenal U-21 side and has come through unscathed, leaving him likely to be named as a substitute for the visit of the reigning champions.

The return of Diaby could have consequences for Arsenal’s transfer business in January, the Mirror adds, as if the 26-year-old can stay fit, Wenger may choose not to delve into the market this month.

Diaby has been an Arsenal player since January 2006, moving to the club from Auxerre. In that time he has made 163 appearances but also struggled seriously with injury, featuring only six times so far this season and only five the season before.

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