Abou Diaby makes first league start in more than THREE years

The ex-Arsenal man last made a first-team start over 18 months ago but will break that duck for the Stade Velodrome outfit in Corsica on Sunday
Abou Diaby has been named in Marseille’s starting XI to face Bastia in Furiani, bringing an end to a miserable spell in which he failed to start a league match in over three years.

The last time the former France international midfielder featured from the outset of a league match was on March 16, 2013, when he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury playing for Arsenal against Swansea.

Diaby overcame that issue but has since suffered from chronic calf problems on his return, keeping him out for the duration of last season with Arsenal and the vast majority of this term with Marseille, with whom he signed on a free transfer last summer.

Indeed, Diaby only made his debut for OM shortly before the international break, when he came off the bench in a fixture against Rennes to play 13 minutes as a substitute in a 5-2 defeat.

The last time he started a first-team match of any sort was on September 23, 2014, when Arsenal played Southampton in the League Cup.