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Deschamps hopeful on Diaby fitness

9 September 2012 09:00

France coach Didier Deschamps is optimistic Abou Diaby will recover in time for the World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Tuesday.

Diaby scored the winner in France's 1-0 victory over Finland on Friday night in a performance that highly impressed his boss.

The Arsenal midfielder spent the majority of last season sidelined through injury and has already played in three consecutive matches in the Premier League this season, as well as his appearance against the Scandinavians.

"There is a risk for all players (to suffer from exhaustion); for Diaby, perhaps a little more," Deschamps said of the 26-year-old.

"He was getting tired, but I was not able to take him off as I had already made other changes. His athletic performance, particularly in the air, was fundamental to our win.

"We will see how he recovers, but in absolute circumstances, I don't see why he shouldn't be available on Tuesday."

Deschamps described Diaby as the 'complete midfielder' after the win and is thrilled to again have him at his disposal.

"I do not need to be reassured by Diaby," Deschamps said.

"I saw him play at Arsenal. Obviously he has a lot of qualities. This is a complete midfielder, able to do everything, including scoring. Of course I prefer to have him at my disposal."

Diaby himself says he is glad to be back in the fold for the Gunners and France.

"I am happy to be back. The match ended with a victory, it's a big satisfaction," he said.

"The key is to give the best of yourself in every game.

"It's been a long time that I have been out of this team.

"I'm happy, especially because we won. The past is the past, now we must look to the future."

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3 - 1

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 September 2012
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
Venue
Stade de France (Paris)
Attendance
52552

Goals

E. Capoue 50'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
1 - 0
C. Jallet 69'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
F. Ribéry 80'
(assist by K. Benzema) 
3 - 1

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