According to Arsene Wenger, Santi Cazorla's injury is "the worst I have ever known".
Cazorla was handed a one-year contract extension earlier this year despite the injury problems, but his deal expires next summer and there seems to be a real chance he may never play for Arsenal again, though Wenger did not want to contemplate that notion.
That small pain in his Achilles tendon evolved into an injury which required eight separate operations and nearly led to the Spaniard needing a leg amputation.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Wenger can't recall seeing anything worse in terms of injury during his time as a manager, but backed the 32-year-old to return.
Wenger said: "It is the worst injury I've known". It's gone from worse to worse.
"I must say, I know how much Santi Cazorla loves to play football and loves to be out there every day".
Cazorla is trying to get involved in training again and would like to return in January, and Wenger would love him to, but he did not sound confident about it. "I left him out of the squad, hoping he would be available in January". "He has competent medical people around him and he tries to practise. I left him out of the squad hoping he would come back in January, that was my target at the start".
Spain global Cazorla, who joined Arsenal from Malaga in 2012, recently told Spanish newspaper Marca he aims to be back playing in January.
Sadly, Wenger didn't rule out the possibility of Cazorla having to retire.
"I hope that you are wrong [that he might not play again]". Santi Cazorla is one of the best player at the football club and amongst the best technical players in the world today.
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