France midfielder Abou Diaby vowed
on Monday to take a full part in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers
after a series of injuries ruined his past two seasons and ruled
him out of Euro 2012.
Injury-prone Diaby, who played just four games in Arsenal's
last campaign, has looked in good form since the English Premier
League season started and was widely praised when the Gunners
defeated Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
The 26-year-old has not played for France since June 2011
and was dropped from the squad for this year's European
Championship because he was not fully fit.
"I know I now have to play my cards and I am fully aware of
what people expect from me," he told a news conference at
France's training facility on Monday.
"It will be up to me to take my responsibilities," added
Diaby, who is poised to play in France's first World Cup
qualifier in Finland on Friday.
"Last year, I barely played with my club, I missed the
Euros. It weighed on me. Now I only see what's ahead of me and I
am going to try to make up for lost time."
Diaby has featured in Arsenal's three league games and made
a strong impact at Liverpool, suggesting he was getting back to
top form and shrugging off any physical problems.
"I had a good preparation. We just played three games until
now, but it's getting better and better," he said.
"I am not 100 percent fit yet because it has been a long
time since I followed on with the matches but I definitely think
I am on the right way."
The midfielder, who could be the box-to-box player France
has been searching for since Patrick Vieira retired, explained
he had worked with an athletics coach during the summer to
prevent any further injuries.
He dismissed any suggestion about physical weakness.
"I'm not fragile. I got injuries, that is a fact," he said.
"I had some serious injuries which provoked physical
imbalances. But I am definitely not fragile."
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