Arsenal's Santi Cazorla targets January return after amputation fears

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla targets January return after amputation fears

The popular 32-year-old contracted gangrene following an operation and revealed to Spanish newspaper Marca he could have had his foot amputated.

The Arsenal midfielder has not played since a 6-0 Champions League victory over the Bulgarian side Ludogorets last October and even that now appears remarkable given the difficulties he has endured since sustaining a tear to the bone after he was kicked in the right ankle while playing for Spain in October 2013. "If I got warm I could play, but at half-time, as soon as I cooled down a bit, I would cry", he said. Cazorla explained that specialists out in Spain stated that they had never seen anything like it.

After a final, successful, operation at the end of May, Cazorla had a skin graft taken from his forearm where he has the name of his daughter tattooed and put over his Achilles in order that the wound heels. "There was eight centimetres of it missing".

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The Spanish worldwide said the infection had eaten the Achilles tendon on his right leg and that doctors feared the worst. The aggressive nature of three bacteria required antibiotic treatments and it was at this stage that fears arose of a blood infection that could mean amputation.

Cazorla is said to be targeting a return in January.

The "hardest thing", says Cazorla, is being alone without his family and there is no timescale on his return to Arsenal's London Colney training base.

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Arsene Wenger in an interview, spoke about his midfield maestro, saying "If there is one guy who loves football passionately, loves to be on the pitch, and comes in with a smile every day when he is fit, it's Santi Cazorla, so you know he suffers a lot not to be out there with the ball at his feet".

"I'm still cautious because of the pain and the tough times but I still trust in myself but you have to bare in mind this injury has never been as straightforward as many thought".

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