5 talented Premier League midfielders who had their careers hampered by injuries
- Following De Bruyne's knee injury, we take a look at five other Premier League midfielders who had their careers hampered by injuries.
#4 Abou Diaby
After impressing in Ligue One with Auxerre, it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when Arsenal swooped in for his signature in January 2006.
Athletic, languid and possessing box to box qualities, Diaby was highly rated for his dribbling and passing skills and was seen by many to be the natural heir to former captain and Highbury legend Patrick Viera, as Diaby possessed a similar skill set to his compatriot.
After impressing early on in his Arsenal career, Diaby began to suffer injury setbacks from 2010, and was rarely fit for long enough to make a string of appearances to make an impact in the Gunners first team, with the height of it coming in the 2011/2012 season where he made just five substitute appearances in all competitions.
A rupture to his left Anterior Cruciate Ligament in 2013 all but ended his career, as he struggled for game time, returning back to the operating room almost immediately after returning until he was released by Arsenal in 2015.
He went on to Marseille but only made his first league start in April 2016 almost three years after he last started for Arsenal in the Premier League, and made just four appearances for the club in his first season back in France and only two in the next campaign. After being released by Marseille due to his niggling injury problems, Diaby is currently a free agent, which is a sad end to a player who promised so much more.