Abou Diaby should be ready for competitive action in ten days time with manager Arsene Wenger hinting that the French international could play his first game of the season against Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup on the 25th October.
Speaking to the Arsenal website, the boss revealed the good news about the long-term absentee:
“It is very good news. He’s coming back in full training now so he is 10 days away to be competitive to play. All being well he should be available for the Carling Cup or the game before.”
Thomas Vermaelen is also understood to be making good progress with his return from an Achilles problem. The Belgian who missed much of last season with a similar injury is likely to be ready for a return at the end of the month.
“He’s two weeks away. He is running out on the pitches. He looks alright but we have to respect the progression, you still have to give him two to three weeks to be competitive again.”
Tomas Rosicky and Lukasz Fabianski will both be available for the visit of Sunderland on Sunday despite picking up knocks on international duty, while Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci are also fit.
Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna represent the only players facing a substantial period on the sidelines with Wenger admitting the latter is still feeling low after breaking his fibula against Tottenham Hotspur.
“He is down of course because when you are used so much to playing every three days and suddenly you are at home without any movement it is very difficult to take. You have to adjust. He is strong mentally so he will get over that.”