Frenchman may now feature in the season run-in.
Premier League giants Arsenal have been handed a major fitness boost as they approach the climax to the season after key midfielder Abou Diaby finally made his long-awaited recovery from injury, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The graceful France international has once again been out of action since damaging the ligaments in his knee playing against Swansea City in the Premier League last March.
However, on Tuesday night Diaby enjoyed his first run out for a mammoth 402 days as the midfielder turned out for the north London club’s Under-21 side in a Premier League contest against city rivals Chelsea, with the Frenchman playing for the first half, before being replaced at half-time.
And now there even remains a small possibility that the 27-year-old could even take part in some of the Gunners’ three remaining Premier League fixtures of the campaign as Arsene Wenger’s side go in search of a top-four finish to the season, and with it entry into the Uefa Champions League.
Not only that, though, by Diaby could also play some part in the north Londoners’ FA Cup final clash with Hull City at Wembley Stadium next month, with Wenger telling Arsenal Player: “He is back in full training now and available to play.
“He might play a part of the game for the under-21s.
“Yes of course [he could play for the first team this season], it depends how well he comes out of the game.
“He hasn’t played for a year but physically he is ready to play, completely. It is now just decision-making, getting used to challenges again. He needs a game.
“Everybody [counted him out] but he is fit and ready.”