Ex-Arsenal Man Abou Diaby To Actually Play! Is He More Of A Sicknote Than These 7 Premier League Stars?

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is set to play his first competitive match for 505 days when he turns out for Marseille in the French Cup against Terlissac on Thursday.

The Frenchman's once promising career was decimated by injuries when he was at the Gunners, but he's not alone in having his career ruined by that curse.

Here are seven others who were overly familiar with the treatment table.


Darren Anderton

Darren Anderton of Tottenham Hotspurs facing a leaping Jimmy Hasselbaink of Leeds : News Photo

The original ‘Sicknote’, midfielder Anderton was a gifted player for both Tottenham and England in the 1990s and early 2000s, with his less than polite nickname being coined during his early days at Portsmouth.


Jamie Redknapp


One of the best English central midfielders of the 1990s, injury was never too far away from Liverpool’s Redknapp, who managed to miss the entirety of the Reds’ trophy-filled 2000/01 campaign before – as club captain – lifting the FA Cup alongside Robbie Fowler.


Jonathan Woodgate

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Some would say that defender Woodgate was one of the unluckiest players of his generation, but he somehow still got Real Madrid to sign him from Newcastle in 2004. Injuries meant that he had to wait 13 months before making his (disastrous) debut, and he went on to feature heavily on the treatment tables at Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Stoke.


Ledley King

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One man who could often keep Woodgate company in the Tottenham physio’s room was club legend Ledley King, whose infamous knee problems dogged what was one a promising career. King only managed more than 30 Premier League appearances in two of his 14 seasons at White Hart Lane.


Kieron Dyer

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A broken leg at Ipswich failed to halt the progress of Dyer, who was one of the most exciting young English players of the late 1990s. However, hamstring issues soon became a repeated concern and were frequent during his time on Tyneside, whilst he suffered another broken leg in just his second appearance for West Ham following a £6m move in 2007.


Harry Kewell

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Between 2005 and 2006 Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool played in a League Cup final, a Champions League final and an FA Cup final, and Kewell limped off in all of them. So impressive during his time at Leeds, injuries dogged the Australian’s time at Anfield and robbed the Reds of a talented player.


Owen Hargreaves

Ecuadorean midfielder Edison Mendez (L) : News Photo

After coming to promience away from the English football spotlight at Bayern Munich, an impressive 2006 World Cup with England saw Hargreaves move on to Manchester United, but consistent problems there meant that he was never able to show his true ability. He later joined Manchester City, but no-one was really sure what that was all about.