Arsenal EPL News: Abou Diaby's Injury Is No Big Deal, Says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal EPL News: Abou Diaby's Injury Is No Big Deal, Says Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has downplayed the injury to Abou Diaby after the Frenchman picked up a hip problem in France's international match against Finland.

The 26-year-old midfielder missed his country's next match against Belarus as a result of the injury, leaving some to think that he might be absent for some time. However, the veteran manager has confirmed that the injury is not that serious and that no extensive time on the sidelines is looming for Diaby.

Wenger told TF1 (via Eurosport):

He [Diaby] has a slight pain on the hip, on the satorius muscle. It doesn't seem serious at all to me.

He even has a small chance to play on Saturday...

After a strong start in the English Premier League this season, Gunners fans will be desperate for the midfielder to return as soon as possible—especially with Jack Wilshere still unavailable for several more weeks.

Diaby was superb in Arsenal's win against Liverpool—combining beautifully with Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski—and will be sourly missed against Southampton if he is unable to overcome his injury in time.

If he does miss that match against the Saints, it is expected that Diaby will therefore be available for selection when the Gunners kick off their 2012 UEFA Champions League campaign against Montpellier next Tuesday.

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