Arsene Wenger says Santi Cazorla will not feature for Arsenal against Leicester or Huddersfield even though he’s making good progress with his rehabilitation.
The Spaniard has been involved with first team training in the last week as he continues his comeback from a series of ankle-related issues that at one point threatened his career.
The 33-year-old hasn’t been on the pitch for the Gunners since October 2016 and is out of contract this summer. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be offered a new deal. The Times (£) reports this morning that his former club Villarreal have made contact.
“No, he will not be ready to play in the final game,” Wenger told his pre-Leicester press conference.
“It’s a shame [he can’t play]. I brought him here and I love the player and the person. He looks quite good, he prepares well. He runs well, he physically is working very hard.
“Medically, people tell me it’s too much a risk to rush him back now. He had to wait for such a long time, it would be stupid in one game to destroy all the work he has done.”