The French midfielder has not played since suffering a fractured and dislocated ankle at Sunderland last May but he completed his first full training session on Thursday and is in contention for a welcome return at Anfield.
Diaby's recovery is the latest in a long line of promising injury news. As Arsène Wenger explained on Monday afternoon, Freddie Ljungberg (hamstring) is currently the only player without a chance of featuring in Saturday's Premiership game at Ewood Park.
"We have Diaby in the squad for the first time and Emmanuel Adebayor is very strongly coming back. Blackburn is possible for him," said Wenger.
"Lauren is not in the squad for Liverpool, he has a small toe injury. William Gallas will not play either. But basically the only real injury is Ljungberg, he needs one more week after Blackburn.
"That is why I said for a long time that I won't buy anyone [in the transfer window]. I knew I had enough players when they came back from injury."
Subscribers can watch the full video interview with Wenger on Tuesday. In it he discusses: the questions his team answered in the FA Cup, striking a balance with his team selection, previous near-misses in the Carling Cup, Henry's impressive return and the threat of fixture congestion.
8 Jan 2007