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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby suffers new injury blow

Abou Diaby
Diaby has spent most of this season in the treatment room

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby faces a further spell on the sidelines with a calf strain having only recently returned from an ankle injury.

The Frenchman, 24, was a substitute in Monday's 3-1 win over Chelsea after a nine-week absence before limping out of a 2-2 draw at Wigan on Wednesday.

"It is a calf strain," manager Arsene Wenger told the club's website. "He is out for a while. Some weeks I think."

Diaby broke a leg and dislocated an ankle in 2006 before regaining fitness.

The ongoing injury problems with the France international will be a concern for the Gunners as they push the Premier League big guns for top spot.

606: DEBATE

Manchester United top the table from local rivals City by the virtue of goal difference while third-place Arsenal's draw at Wigan cost them the chance to go level on 38 points with both Manchester teams.

Diaby's initial injury problems began in September following a challenge by Bolton defender Paul Robinson.

The Arsenal midfielder then went on to miss nine weeks because of an ankle problem after appearing in the 2-1 home win against Birmingham on 16 October.

Diaby has only made nine appearances for the north Londoners this season in the league, scoring once in August.

He secured a move to the Gunners in 2006 from French side Auxerre for £2m.



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Wenger stands by squad rotation
29 Dec 10 |  Premier League
Wigan 2-2 Arsenal
29 Dec 10 |  Premier League
Wenger 'worry' over injured Diaby
05 Nov 10 |  Arsenal
Allardyce points finger at Wenger
16 Sep 10 |  Blackburn
Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham
16 Oct 10 |  Premier League
Arsenal 4-1 Bolton
11 Sep 10 |  Premier League


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