Arsenal assistant boss Steve Bould says Abou Diaby should use his extended spell on the sidelines to make himself a stronger player.
The French midfielder was ruled out for nine months in March after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, the latest in a long line of injuries Diaby has suffered with.
The 26-year-old has only made 18 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in the last two years and, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season, his future in north London has been thrown into doubt by his latest injury.
However, Bould is hopeful that once he regains his fitness Diaby can be a force to be reckoned with in the Arsenal team.
“I’ve spoken to him very briefly,” the assistant manager told Arsenal Player. “I saw him just before he went for his scan. It’s dreadful news for Abou.
“As we all know, he’s had seven years of injuries and it takes a huge character to come back. Maybe it’s a chance for him to correct everything that was going wrong. That’s the positive that he can go forward with.
“He might use the seven or eight months to get rid of all those injuries that he was struggling with. We’re all hoping and praying that he comes back a better player.”
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