Tuesday 02 October 2012
Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will be out for up to three weeks after sustaining a thigh injury at the weekend.
The France international limped off during his side's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Chelsea on Saturday and manager Arsene Wenger revealed the extent of the injury.
"We lost Diaby, who has a thigh strain," said Wenger. "He is definitely out for three weeks."
Diaby, who missed the Gunners’ 6-1 victory against Southampton with a hip problem, has endured a torrid time with injuries at Arsenal, making just 87 Barclays Premier League starts over the last eight seasons and succumbing to 14 separate injuries.
His latest setback rules him out of Arsenal's trip to West Ham United on Saturday evening and means he faces a race against time to be fit in time to face Norwich City at Carrow Road on October 20th.
Arsenal, who face Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, are also without goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, whose ankle injury will keep him on the sidelines for another three weeks, midfielder Tomas Rosicky (Achilles) and right-back Bacary Sagna (broken leg).
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is facing a fitness test on an ankle injury on Wednesday morning, while midfielder Jack Wilshere is being brought back gradually following a 14-month injury nightmare.