Diaby blames ankle on career woes

Abou Diaby has revealed that a broken ankle he suffered as a 19-year-old while playing for Arsenal was the reason behind his long-term injury woes. 

The 30-year-old picked up a number of injuries while playing for the Gunners as he overcompensated for the problem ankle that he damaged in a challenge with Dan Smith in May 2006 in a match against Sunderland.

The former Auxerre midfielder, who is now in his second season with Marseille, says he would have made a much bigger impact in world football had it not been for that early set-back.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "Of course it is the moment that killed everything. That’s where it all came from.

"It gave me a big restriction on my ankle and I overcompensated with other parts of my body. Before that, I’d never had a muscular injury, my lifestyle was good.

"But really, there is no resentment anymore. I left it behind a long time ago.

"The only thing I wish is that it had happened later in my career. If it happened when I was 28, things might have been different. 

"Between 19 and 27, I would have had time to progress, play every week and be the player I should have been."