Santiago Cazorla had to postpone his comeback in football after undergoing surgery to heal the massive injury to his ankle. It was reported he experienced a setback after having to returned to undergo several painful surgeries to cure the problem in his ankle.
The 32-year-old midfielder has been out of action for more than a year, with his last appearance for Arsenal coming in October 2016 in a 6-0 Champions League win against Ludogorets.
Cazorla himself is known to have frequent problems with his ankle and so far the midfielder has undergone at least eight surgery sessions since 2013. He also admitted that he almost had an amputation due to this problem.
He provides the terrible developments via Instagram
In a photo upload, the former Malaga man stated: “The discomfort I have had the last few days with the tendon [my ankle], I also had to undergo surgery. This made my comeback on the pitch delayed, but I still keep my motivation to be able to enjoy football again. “
It is not certain when Santi Cazorla will return to play, but what is certain is that his contract with Arsenal will end in June 2018.
Cazorla, 32, has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 due to an Achilles tendon injury. He even admitted that he almost had an amputation because of an infection. As a consequence, the tendon in the heel of his right foot had to be cut eight centimeters long before it was covered by a layer of skin taken from his tattooed arm.
Wenger hopes this Spanish midfielder can make a comeback in January
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that Santi Cazorla’s injury was the worst injury he has ever seen. However, Wenger is optimistic if Cazorla can graze again at the beginning of next year.
“Yes, it is the worst injury I have ever known. It started with a little pain, then got worse and worse, “Wenger said at a press conference on Thursday (16/11).
“I understand that Santi is very happy to play. I feel very sorry for him because what he went through is truly unbelievable. I asked him to prepare as well as possible. I hope he can come back in January, “he explained.
Wenger Also Talked About Jack Wilshere
Apart from Cazorla, Wenger also discussed Jack Wilshere, who is slowly getting to his best fitness after recovering from his long injury. Wenger assessed that Wilshere could be a mainstay of the England national team at the 2018 World Cup.
“Right now, he has to keep fit and work hard. I believe his playing creativity can be an asset to [England manager Gareth] Southgate. He is very close [to the call-up of the national team], ”he explained.
Cazorla Still Determined to Comeback Next Season
Even so, Cazorla now admits that he will not give up on the situation and is determined to return to playing next season.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has the desire to return to play next season. The Spanish player is still recovering from a plantar injury that hindered his career since October 2016.
Cazorla’s injury was so severe that he underwent ten operations, not to mention that he was threatened with amputation due to complications in his leg.
Santi Cazorla then thought of retiring but he would not give up on the situation and wanted to return to play at least for the upcoming 2018/19 season.
“I had wanted to give up several times,” said Cazorla as quoted by The Sun. “I was told several times that it was pointless to come back to play. But I want to try again.
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Hoping For The Best
“If things go well, then I might be back playing at the top level next season. I will try it.
“My last operation was done six weeks ago, and it will be my tenth operation. The operation could have prevented many things, even if it didn’t solve them all.
“Other people have worse problems in their life. However, this one could also stop me from playing football. I don’t know if I’ll forget how to play. I’ll try to do the training, and I can’t wait to come back soon. “
At Arsenal itself, Cazorla is still under contract for the next six months and will be released as a free agent after June 30, 2018.