Abou Diaby: 'Fasting for Ramadan is tough during pre-season'

Abou Diaby of Arsenal takes a shot on goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2013
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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby admits that it can be tough to fast for Ramadan during pre-season preparations.

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has admitted that it can be a struggle to maintain his religious commitments during the month of Ramadan at the time of pre-season.

The holy period requires Muslims to fast, but Diaby has insisted that if he fails to avoid food at times because of his pre-season preparations, he will make up for it later in the year.

In an interview with TheFA.com, Diaby said: "This is the most difficult moment to fast, because of the long days, because of the heat.

"It is really difficult to fast at the moment, during pre-season. Some players can handle it – it is different from one player to another.

"All the days I miss during Ramadan I make up during the rest of the year. For example when I have days off or a light session I can fast, but when we have a hard session or a match, I don't fast."

Ramadan ends on July 28.

Dean Ashton of West Ham United in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road on July 31, 2007
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