Arsene Wenger offers worrying injury update on key Arsenal star

By on November 16, 2017

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Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Santi Cazorla today and the Arsenal boss refused to guarantee he would make a full recovery from what he describes as the worst injury he’s seen in football.

Cazorla has endured a nightmare year on the sidelines after aggravating an Achilles injury during our Champions League win over Ludogorets at the Emirates way back in October of 2016.

The injury was only supposed to be a minor one but the inflammation refused to subside so Cazorla was forced to undergo surgery and that led to a number of setbacks and serious complications.

The 32-year-old has had a staggering EIGHT operations and was forced to use skin from his arm to heal the wound after contracting gangrene which could have led to him losing his foot if it wasn’t treated properly.

Cazorla has been hugely unfortunate so no wonder Wenger feels the injury is the worst he’s come across in all his years of being involved in football.

Santi claimed earlier this month that he was aiming to be back playing again in January but Wenger doesn’t sound too convinced that is a realistic target.

Speaking to reporters today, the boss used the words ‘wish’ and ‘hope’ and he also refused to guarantee that Cazorla would make a full recovery after a journalist questioned whether the player would play again.

Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express:

“Yes. It is the worst injury I’ve known. It’s gone from worse to worse. I know how much Santi loves to play football.

“I wish [he returns in January]. He tries to practice. I hope he comes back in January.

“I hope that you are wrong [that he might not play again].”

Like all Arsenal fans, I pray that Cazorla is able to make a full recovery and get back playing for Arsenal again before the end of the season but it’s going to take plenty of time and luck.

His injury was horrific and the club are going to have to wrap his ankle in cotton wool when he eventually returns to full training, whenever that may be.

The last thing we need is Santi taking a big kick to his ankle and damaging his Achilles or god forbid opening the wound again. Let’s see how he goes over the coming months but I’d personally be surprised if he was anywhere near the first team again before March.