Wednesday 24 January 2018

Major blow for Arsenal as Santi Cazorla suffers fresh injury setback

The midfielder has not played since October and faces missing at least eight months with injury

Arsene Wenger, pictured right, and Santi Cazorla
Arsene Wenger, pictured right, and Santi Cazorla

Jack de Menezes

Arsenal have been dealt a major blow to their hopes of finishing the season on a high after it was revealed that influential midfielder Santi Cazorla will not play again this season, having suffered a setback in his recovery from ankle surgery.

Cazorla has not played since the home victory over Ludogorets in October, where he limped off with an Achilles injury, and despite Arsenal's medical team hoping to issue would clear up without requiring surgery, a decision was taken in December to operate that ruled Cazorla out for an additional three months.

Arsene Wenger had hoped to have the Spain international back around April, with Arsenal currently facing the prospect of challenging for the FA Cup only after falling 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and suffering an almost-insurmountable 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 first leg a week ago.

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