The 16th March 2013 is a date that Abou Diaby has probably had in his diary for a while now - it was the last time he featured for Arsenal.
That game, a 2-0 win against Swansea, came at the end of a run in the first-team in which he looked back to his best.
But then, a few days later, he damaged cruciate knee ligaments in training and was ruled out for nine months. Over a year later and he has still not made his comeback.
Diaby is without doubt one of football’s unlucky ones.
Magnificently talented and highly rated both at home and in England the Frenchman was the natural successor to Patrick Vieira.
But ever since Sunderland’s Dan Smith, who now plays for Holland Park Hawks in the fourth tier of Australian soccer, flew into him in May 2006 the then 19-year-old starlet’s injury woes began.
But now he is approaching his comeback.
Diaby was confirmed to be back in first-team training this week by Arsene Wenger - and now we have actually seen him in action … sort of.
In the attached picture Diaby is visible at the back of the front pack in a light jog and he will certainly be happy to be back in action.
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Arsene Wenger has cast doubt over the possibility of Diaby getting back into action this season - with perhaps a pre-season regime behind him a better way to get him fit and ready.
One thing for sure - Diaby will be itching to cross that white line once again.
Should Diaby comeback be held until next season?