Less than two weeks since he described Santi Cazorla’s injury as the worst he’d seen during his managerial career, Arsene Wenger has been left reeling at the news that the Spaniard has had to undergo a ninth operation on his Achilles.
The boss had been hoping the Spaniard, 32, might be available from January onwards, however, it sounds as though the latest setback could disrupt that timeline.
Speaking after yesterday’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield, Wenger was full of sympathy for a player who has endured a horrific year on the sidelines.
“That is for me, the disastrous, sad news of the day. I feel really sorry for Santi. He is a guy I admire, that we all love here, who came into training every day with a smile because he loved so much the game.
“For him not to be available for us, it is a big blow. But for him, as well, it is something that is difficult to take and I hope despite what happened…I don’t know exactly well. I have been informed medically but I have not read any report.
“I hope he will be alright and back with us in January. That was planned originally. I don’t know what happened in the surgery. I don’t know if it will put him back or not. I have to speak to the doctor on Thursday morning.”
As ever, our thoughts are with Santi and we wish him a speedy recovery from the latest operation.