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Thursday 28 March 2013

Another injury blow for Arsenal's Diaby

Midfielder suffers long-term knee injury in training: Brede Hangeland extends Fulham stay

Abou Diaby is not expected to return until November

Arsenal have confirmed that Abou Diaby will be out of action for up to nine months after an injury in training.

The France midfielder injured his left knee yesterday and scans showed that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament. The 26-year-old will have surgery to repair the injury in the near future but the club do not reckon he will return before the end of the calendar year.

Hangeland extends Fulham stay

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland has signed a two-year contract extension at the club.

"Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that captain Brede Hangeland has signed a two-year extension to his current contract, with an option for a further year, which will keep the defender at the club until at least the summer of 2015," a statement on Fulham's website said.

Hangeland, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of the season, joined Fulham from FC Copenhagen in January 2008.

"I've felt right at home from the very first game"
Brede Hangeland

"I'm so happy, delighted," Hangeland said on fulhamfc.com. "It's taken a long time but we're there now and I hope the club is happy - I'm certainly really happy to have signed.

"I've loved my time with Fulham. It's been a little over five years and I've felt right at home from the very first game. I couldn't really see myself leaving, so to finally have signed gives me a great feeling."

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Key Points

  • Arsenal have confirmed that Abou Diaby is out of action for up to nine months
  • The midfielder has injured knee and will require surgery
  • Fulham captain Brede Hangeland has signed a new two-year deal at Craven Cottage