Arsene Wenger Offers Encouraging Injury Update On Arsenal Star
Arsene Wenger has offered an encouraging update on Santi Cazorla after suggesting the midfielder is on-course to making his injury comeback after Christmas
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has offered an encouraging update on Santi Cazorla after suggesting the midfielder is on-course to making his injury comeback after Christmas, according to the Metro.
Cazorla has endured a torrid couple of years that have been plagued by injury problems with the 32-year-old managing to make just nine Premier League appearance since November 2015.
The Spaniard hasn’t featured for Arsenal since our 6-0 victory over Ludogorets in the Champions League last October with what was initially thought to be a minor Achilles injury.
However, the issue proved to be far more problematic than anyone had anticipated and Cazorla has been forced to under numerous operations to try and resolve the issue in his ankle.
There were even fears that the midfielder may have to hang up his boots if the latest surgery wasn’t a success but it looks as though Cazorla is now well on the road to recovery.
The former Malaga star has been doing light gym training since the summer and Wenger has revealed that the early signs are positive that Cazorla is on-course to making a full recovery.
However, given the amount of time the player has been on the sidelines, the Arsenal boss is understandably cautious and suggests we wont see Cazorla with the first team until after Christmas.
When asked when we might see the midfielder back in action following last night’s win over West Brom, Wenger is quoted as saying by the Metro:
‘Not before Christmas. The first signs are positive, but still he has not played for one and a half years.
‘He is not in full training yet, he needs a few games with the reserve team. So I think if all goes well, it will be after Christmas.’
Cazorla has been a huge miss over the past 11 months as we’ve badly missed his creativity and passing range in the middle of the park so it will be a big boost if he’s able to return during the second half of the season.
However, it’s important we don’t rush him back as he’s already suffered several setbacks so fingers crossed his integration back in to football goes smoothly and we see him some time in early 2018.
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