Arsenal Set To Be Handed Major Injury Boost Ahead Of Crucial Tottenham Clash
Arsenal are set to be handed a major injury boost ahead of their showdown against Tottenham with Santi Cazorla looking to make his comeback at White Hart Lane
Arsenal are set to be handed a major injury boost ahead of their crucial showdown against Tottenham with midfielder Santi Cazorla looking to make his comeback at White Hart Lane, according to the Express.
Cazorla suffered a knee ligament injury during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich City and was ruled out for several months after undergoing surgery back in Spain in late November.
The 31-year-old has already missed 15 games in all competitions for the Gunners and will also miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Hull City, Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona as well as upcoming Premier League games with Manchester United and Swansea City.
However, the Express are carrying a report that suggests Cazorla will then be ready to make his long-awaited comeback and is expected to return to the squad for the crucial trip across North London to take on Tottenham on March 5.
Arsene Wenger told reporters last week that Cazorla and fellow long-term injury absentee Jack Wilshere were back in light training and would be available again in a matter of weeks.
Speaking before Sunday’s 2-1 win over Leicester, the Arsenal boss is quoted as saying by the Express:
“They are on a fitness programme now so it means it is not a question of months anymore, it is a question of weeks for them to be back.”
Of course Cazorla could see his proposed comeback date put back if he suffers any setbacks when he intensifies his workload in training over the coming weeks but it would be a major boost for Arsenal if he was available to face Spurs.
The North London rivals are currently level on points in second spot in the table and just two adrift of leaders Leicester so the showdown at White Hart Lane next month is going to be pivotal in deciding where the title ends up this season.
Cazorla has played a key role in Wenger’s starting eleven over the past two seasons after cementing himself as a regular in a central midfield role so I’m sure the Arsenal boss will be desperate for the playmaker to get himself fit and available as soon as possible.
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