Arsene Wenger has admitted that the absence of Santi Cazorla is a ‘big loss’ for his team, and that the Spaniard is having a difficult time coping with what is a nasty injury.
The 32 year has undergone three surgeries on his ankle to try and solve an ongoing Achilles problem. The last operation was to try and help repair some scar tissue which had failed to heal after the previous surgery.
Asked about the midfield schemer at his press conference today, Wenger said, “It is very frustrating for us because at the start of the season, he was maybe the star of the team.
“Overall it is a big loss for us but I am especially sad for him, for a guy who loves football, when football is so natural, he suffers a lot not to be on the pitch.”
And although it seems unlikely he’ll play again this season, the Arsenal manager wasn’t ruling it out completely.
“It’s possible,” he said. “But it’s how he heals from his scar, and once that is done he can practise very quickly and very normally but at the moment that is not done.
“We are now in the beginning of March, so it’s difficult to predict.When you think that when a player starts to train after such a long time out, you have at least six weeks to be competitive for a place in the team.
“If you add six weeks today, you’re already mid-April so that means it will be short for him now.”