Abou Diaby considered quitting football as injury problems mounted
Abou Diaby has said he considered quitting the game as his injury problems grew.
The former Arsenal midfielder, attempting to recapture his best form at Marseille, suffered a reported 42 injuries from 2006-2015.
Diaby, 30, has been dogged by his fragile fitness throughout his career. Although he has featured twice for Marseille this season, they are two of only nine competitive outings in the last four seasons.
The player missed OM’s derby defeat to Nice on Sunday, and coach Franck Passi recently said he was “not injured at all” but could be used sparingly if he was to “again become a solid player for Ligue 1”.
Diaby said he had considered his future after suffering a serious cruciate ligament injury while in training with Arsenal in March 2013.
“Those ideas have already gone through my mind,” he told Canal Football Club. “When you don’t see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s difficult and sometimes you ask yourself questions.
“I have learned to be patient, to persevere, to take a step back a look at things, because I must say it hasn’t been easy.
“To have to fight like that again and again was terrible, but it taught me to pick myself up, look at things from a distance and, despite the difficulty, go forward.”