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Huge Blow: Arsenal star set to miss at least another 7 games
It looks as though we’re going to be without Santi Cazorla for a little while longer as the Mirror are reporting that the midfielder has travelled to Spain to see a specialist as he looks to finally overcome a niggling achilles injury.
Cazorla hasn’t featured since aggravating the long-standing injury during our 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets at the Emirates in the Champions League over a month ago.
Arsene Wenger had initially hoped the injury was only a minor one but it’s turned out to be far more serious than anyone had anticipated with Cazorla struggling to shake off the troublesome problem.
The 31-year-old had hoped to return in time to face Tottenham two weeks ago but that deadline came and went with Wenger confirming at his press conference on Thursday that he still hasn’t even been able to return to training.
The Mirror are now reporting that Santi has flow out to Spain to see specialist Dr Ramon Cuagt in a bid to finally overcome his achilles injury – with Mr Cugat a known favourite of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The newspaper claims that Cazorla was given an injection during the recent international break and will now be given more time to recover before he tries to step-up his comeback having previously broken down when he returned to training.
Unfortunately that means we’re set to be without Cazorla for the foreseeable future with the Mirror suggesting that Wenger is now hoping to have our playmaker back around Christmas time.
That means Santi is set to miss at least another seven games while he may also struggle to make our huge clash with Manchester City on December 18th, which is a huge blow to our title chances.
We’ve sorely missed Cazorla in recent weeks and our lack of ability to control the middle of the park was evident against Man Utd on Saturday so we can only pray that the achilles injury heals quickly and he’s able to make his return over the coming weeks.