Abou Diaby continues to stride for the French National Team by AH
Abou Diaby had yet another man of the match performance for France in their 1-0 victory over Finland, following his world class performance for Arsenal against Liverpool last Sunday. The midfielder scored the only goal of the game and manager Dider Deschamps praised the central midfielder;
“He is a boy with a lot of qualities, but I knew that. He is a complete midfielder,”
Diaby’s qualities have always been known but a career full of injures has blocked his path from making it to the top level on a consistent basis. Diaby has struggled to play in more than two games in a row for the past few years, either because of a recurring injury or from exhaustion and French manager Dider Deschamps, recognises this issue;
“There is a risk for all players [to suffer from exhaustion]; for Diaby, perhaps a little more,” the France coach commented to L’Equipe.
“He was getting tired, but I was not able to take him off as I had already made other changes. His athletic performance, particularly in the air, was fundamental to our win. We will see how he recovers, but in absolute circumstances, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be available on Tuesday.”
It’s good to see Diaby playing at the highest level once again, but I don’t like the way Deschamps, suggests that he will use Diaby, even if not entirely fit. He recently said this with fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who picked up a muscular injury in training and was forced to miss the game against Finland.
“He will work apart (from the squad), which will allow him to play the next match (against Belarus). Considering it’s a muscular problem, I better give him more time. I would of preferred Olivier at full fitness, but (football) is like that.”
Diaby’s old manager at Auxerre, Guy Roux, was also quoted this week praising the talents of the tall Frenchman. He also went on to question Diaby’s ability to stay injury free.
“Abou is a rare and exceptional player when he is in full possession of his faculties.
“The good lord gave him immense talent but also made him quite fragile.
“He is mounted on two matches with a spot of glue in the middle.”
Diaby has denied this week that he is fragile, claiming he has merely been unlucky with injury. Let’s just hope not only these two players, but all the players on international duty return to Arsenal injury free and available for the Southampton game on 15th September.