Santi Cazorla has confirmed he has undergone another surgery on his Achilles, delaying his return to action even further.
Cazorla, a signing from Malaga in 2012, hasn't played a competitive game since October last year, and had to undergo several operations to fix the achilles tendon injury he sustained during Arsenal's 6-0 Champions League win.
But just as the Spaniard looked nearing a return to action, he has now been forced to have a ninth operation on the injury, he confirmed on Twitter.
Debido a unas molestias en el tendón que llevaba arrastrando los ultimos dias, he tenido que volver a pasar por el quirofano. Toca retrasar la fecha de vuelta a los terrenos de juego, mantengo la ilusión y motivación para volver a disfrutar de mi gran pasión, el futbol.#football pic.twitter.com/HpYYRd9VyQ- Santi Cazorla (@19SCazorla) November 29, 2017
BREAKING: Santi Cazorla has confirmed he has undergone surgery once more.- ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) November 29, 2017
Gutting :cry: pic.twitter.com/Be6ZJIZ7lD
In a remarkable interview with Spanish publication Marca, the Arsenal midfielder revealed how he almost lost his foot to gangrene after contracting a dangerous infection.
His eighth operation comprised of a skin graft from his arm being used to help fix his left foot, with part of his daughter's name now tattooed on his achilles.
The 32-year-old lost eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle and doctors proceeded to tell the Spaniard that he is lucky to be able to walk in the garden with his son.
Sadly, it appears to have got to the point now where Cazorla's career is seriously under threat because of the severity of the injury. Arsene Wenger previously called it "one of the worst" he has ever seen" and coming back strongly will take some doing.
It's a real shame because Cazorla is an absolute gem of a player and also comes across as a top bloke. Here's hoping he's back on the pitch soon.
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