Diaby baffled by dismal home record

Marseille midfielder Abou Diaby admits he is at a loss to explain why the club has failed to win a Ligue 1 fixture at Stade Velodrome since September.

The incredible seven-month winless run stretched to a club record 15 games without a league win at home when they stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Nantes on Sunday.

"That's seven months that we haven't won in," he said after the match. "It's true that it's terrible for everyone – for us, the club, the supporters.

"Once again we were really keen to return to winning ways. It wasn't the case. You have seen that even I have trouble explaining it. I don't know what it's linked to."

The last time Marseille won at home was on September 13 against Bastia, and the club, who finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season, are at risk of being pulled into a relegation scrap after failing to win any of their last 11 league games.

Diaby, who has played just four times since his joining the club at the start of the season, hobbled off in the second half after twisting his ankle, but the 29-year-old has assured fans the injury is not too serious.

"The ankle turned when I landed after a jump. I don't think it will be too nasty. It's a bit painful but I think it will be OK," he explained.

Marseille return to action in Ligue 1 away from home against Angers on Sunday, and will be desperate to pick up the three points that will ensure their top-flight status for next season.

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