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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla motivated by January return after Achilles tendon nightmare

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla motivated by January return after Achilles tendon nightmare

Cazorla was told by British doctors that he should be "satisfied" if he could recover well enough to walk.

Sanchez discovered "three more aggressive bacteria" during the surgery, the cause of the infection, and while Cazorla was successfully treated with antibiotics, his foot was at risk of being amputated to prevent the spread of gangrene up his leg.

Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla, has said that his doctor told him he may never walk again.

The 32-year-old has been a main figure in the Arsenal line-up but has been out with a severe injury to his right ankle for just over a year. He underwent left knee surgery in December 2015 and needed another operation a year later because of a tendon injury in his right foot.

The Spanish global contracted a serious blood infection during the treatment process, which had it not been treated, may have resulted in the loss of his foot. Now, remarkably, he could be back playing within months as he continues his rehabilitation in his hometown of Salamanca.

Cazorla picked up an Achilles problem at the start of last season and has undergone eight operations since the initial injury in a desperate bid to return, even requiring the skin of his arm to cover the wound - featuring his tattoo.

"He [Dr. Sanchez] saw that I had a tremendous infection, that had damaged part of the calcaneum bone, eaten the Achilles tendon, there were eight centimetres missing!" Having signed a recent contract extension that ties him to Arsenal until June 2018, he hopes to play for Arsène Wenger's side again in January. "Everything I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed", he said.

He joined Arsenal from Malaga in 2012 and impressed first as an advanced midfielder and then in a deeper role, scoring 29 goals in 180 games for the Gunners. "Nobody trusted me but I do, I still do, although the pain keeps me cautious".


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