By Benjamin Leo
10th February 2016 at 4:55pm

It’s hard not to feel for Abou Diaby.

Once regarded as Arsenal’s next Patrick Vieira, a late challenge by Sunderland’s Dan Smith proved the catalyst for a career riddled with injuries, setbacks and upsets.

He left Arsenal – or the club’s injury table at least – to join Marseille last summer. And now after a whopping 506 days off the pitch he is set to make his return to football against Trelissac in the French Cup tomorrow (Thursday February 11). The Ligue 1 outfit beat Trelissac 2-0 in their only competitive meeting in 2010 – back them to win by the same scoreline tomorrow at 43/10.  (price correct as of Wednesday February 10, 5pm)

As for Dan Smith, he went on to sign for at least ten other clubs including Huddersfield, Aberdeen, Gateshead and Australian fifth-tier outfit Holland Park Hawks. Sunderland fans report he is now a free agent.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news of Abou Diaby’s return:




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