Arsenal's Santi Cazorla starting rehab 'from zero' after latest surgery

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla starting rehab 'from zero' after latest surgery

It could be that a man who moved to north London from Malaga in 2012 has played his last game for the club, but Wenger believes the two-time European Championship victor will return to action.

Cazorla hasn't featured for the Gunners since aggravating a long-standing Achilles injury during our 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets in October 2016.

Wenger labelled the midfielder's ongoing injury strife "very sad" as he looks to start his rehabilitation from square one.

"I sent him a message [after the surgery] and wished him well", Wenger told reporters when offering an update on Cazorla. What this guy's gone through is unbelievable and now he has to start again.

"Unfortunately he has to start again from zero", the Arsenal boss said on Cazorla's recovery.

"It's really, really sad".

The diminutive Spaniard was a vital cog in Arsenal's midfield and has been sorely missed over the last 12 months.

Wenger added: "If all goes well he has to wait until he starts to run and after he starts to run it takes six weeks to come back to training".

'When he can start to run again I don't know.

'I was hopeful of January but after, he had this setback that everybody knows about'.

When he was first sidelined past year, Ben McAleer of WhoScored.com examined how crucial his absence could prove given how important Cazorla was to Arsenal's creativity.

Ahead of the crunch time for Arsenal of December, when the Gunner's freshness and superior fitness should give us an edge over our title rivals, we have a very small list of players on the treatment table.

The Spaniard also almost came close to amputating his foot after an infection but the 32-year-old is adamant to regain full fitness and return to the side.

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