Diaby sidelined for another lengthy spell

There seems to be no respite for Abou Diaby on the injury front after he was ruled out for the next four months following surgery on his troublesome ankle.

The 30-year-old midfielder was hoping to resurrect his career with Marseille in 2015 after nine injury-plagued seasons at Arsenal.

Diaby was seen as a bright prospect for the Gunners when he joined from Auxerre in 2006, but a broken ankle sustained in his debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium led to a series of ongoing problems for the Frenchman.

He managed just four appearances for L'OM last term before being laid low by injury again and this season saw him feature only twice in Ligue 1 as the ankle issue resurfaced.

The former France international will now begin the recovery process and could be available again in February if there are no setbacks.

A statement from the club read: "For several weeks, midfielder Abou Diaby has been suffering with a right ankle problem. Given the persistence of the pain and that it was impossible for him to train, the medical staff decided surgery was necessary.

"Olympique de Marseille wishes Abou a speedy recovery and hopes to see him back on the pitch as soon as possible."