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10th Feb 2016

Abou Diaby is back – here’s what has happened while he’s been out injured

Tom Victor

Abou Diaby is close to making his competitive debut for Marseille after a series of injury woes.

The former Arsenal man called time on his Premier League career in the summer,  and 506 days passed before he returned to a first team squad for the Coupe de France meeting with Trellisac. Five. Hundred. And. Six.

To put that into context, here are some things that have happened since the French international last took to the field, in Arsenal’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at home to Southampton in September 2014.

Netflix launched six new original dramas, including Narcos and Marvel’s Jessica Jones


Aston Villa sacked Paul Lambert, appointed Tim Sherwood, reached the FA Cup Final, sacked Tim Sherwood and appointed Remi Garde


Kanye West changed the title of his forthcoming album from So Help Me God to SWISH to Waves to T.L.O.P. He hasn’t revealed what T.L.O.P stands for yet

2015 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Tim Peake became the first British man to visit the International Space Station

Expedition 46 Soyuz Launch

And of course, most importantly, launched.

Welcome back, Abou. You’ve missed a lot.