Wenger: Cazorla is ‘far’ away from a comeback

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Arsene Wenger has cast fresh doubts as to whether or not Santi Cazorla will play again this season by saying the Spaniard is ‘far’ away from a first team return, and that the Spanish international’s recovery is not going as quickly as expected.

The 32 year old limped out of the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets in October, and underwent surgery in December to correct a chronic Achilles issue.

Asked today whether he was likely to make a return any time soon, the manager said, “At the moment he is far.

“It’s not going as quickly as I imagined it, so certainly in January he will not come back.

“It could be a bit longer [than three months]. I just have the schedule that at the moment he is not planned to go outside and run.

“Once a player goes outside and runs without any problems, you count six weeks, at the moment he has not been out so that’s why I say in January he won’t play.”

On what we miss without him, Wenger continued, “He’s such a great player, because he started the season in such a tremendous way.

“He was the dominating player in our squad at the start of the season and we suddenly lost him.”

All we can do is keep fingers crossed the setback isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it does look like it’s going to be some time before we see him back on the pitch.

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