Arsenal rocked: Wenger fears star’s season is over following surgery

By on January 14, 2017

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Sigh. It looks like Santi Cazorla’s season may be over after Arsene Wenger confirmed that the midfielder has undergone another operation on his Achilles.

Cazorla has endured another hugely frustrating season as he’s been out since aggravating a troublesome Achilles problem during our Champions League win over Ludogorets back in mid-October.

The injury was only initially thought to be a minor issue which would keep him out for a week or so but it’s turned out to be a nightmare as he was ruled out for three months following surgery at the start of December.

Wenger was hoping Santi would be back in February but unfortunately he suffered a setback earlier this month and the boss has revealed that the midfielder has been forced to undergo another ‘little procedure’ to figure out the latest problem.

Sadly Wenger says that Cazorla is still a long way from being able to even start light training again with the boss hoping the Spaniard will be back on the training pitch in 3 to 4 weeks.

When he does eventually start training again, it will then take another 6 weeks to get him match fit so Cazorla is out for at least 9/10 weeks which would make a return in late March the best we can hope for.

However, Wenger isn’t sure when our little magician will be back and it sounds like there’s a chance he may not play again this season. The boss is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail:

‘Santi is far from starting to run again. He had a little procedure and we have a meeting with the medical people today to see what it really was.

‘Certainly he will not be available in the next six weeks, that is for sure.

‘Will he play again this season? I hope so because once you start to go outside, you have to count six weeks’ preparation. ‘At the moment he is not at that level.

‘Let’s hope he can come back in the next three or four weeks on the pitch.’

Basically, Cazorla’s Achilles is continuing to cause him trouble, the club/doctors don’t really know why so we have no idea if/when he’ll play again. It’s a nightmare situation for all concerned.

Santi is one of our key players and we’ve just not been the same team since he’s been on the sidelines. For the second season in a row I feel our title challenge has been ruined by his bloody Achilles injury.

We can all hope he’ll be back in late March or early April but for me I’ll just be happy if he plays again this season. We’ve all been here before and these injuries always take longer than expected.

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