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Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger hopeful of Santi Cazorla return after injury nightmare

Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Arsene Wenger is hoping for good news from Santi Cazorla as he continues rehabilitation after his injury nightmare, but admits he is unsure over the midfielders future.

Cazorla, 33, who has not played in 18 months since suffering an ankle injury which could have ended his career and completely changed his life.

What was at first serious Achilles tendon injury almost led the midfielder having his foot amputated last year, after contracting a gangrenous infection from surgery.

His condition has stabilised since then and he is now progressing well in rehab.

Even though he has not kicked a ball for the Gunners since October 2016, Wenger wants to offer Cazorla a new contract to stay at the club, having been handed a one-year extension last summer.

But the boss admits there is no certainty he will return to play in the Premier League again.

“I havent seen Santi since the League Cup final, he is in Spain having rehabilitation, but the last news I heard is that hes doing very well”, Wenger said on Thursday.

“Hopefully he can come back before the end of the season to make a check up to see if he can play again in the Premier League. If he could reach that level we would discuss a contract.

"Can he play again in the Premier League? I don't know, I have to see how he responds to his injury.

“Honestly, I don't know. I hope yes, but I don't know.

“We miss him a lot. He is an exceptional footballer and it is very sad what has happened for him and Arsenal.”

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