Arsenal’s title hopes have been dealt a serious blow, as the club fear Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
The Spaniard had been recovering from knee surgery and hoped to return to competitive action during the month of March.
A problem with his Achilles, however, has forced him to abandon training for the time being, and that delay is likely to rule him out from the Arsenal squad for the entire Premier League finale.
“Santi is not doing too well. He has some Achilles problems that hold him (back). His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact,” Gunners manager Arsene Wenger signalled on Tuesday during a press conference.
“It is a reaction to him coming back. We have to see now how he responds. He had always a little tendonitis on his Achilles and we have to see how he responds to that.”
The news only worsens Arsenal’s problems in the middle of the park, as they attempt to pip arch-rivals Tottenham and Leicester City to win their first Premier League title in 11 years.
Jack Wilshere has not featured at all for the Londoners after breaking his leg in pre-season, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled up with a knee problem in Arsenal’s defeat to Barcelona and could miss two months of action.
“Jack is doing quite well but has still not been outside yet. Running, I think, starts again this week,” Wenger revealed
“It will be three to four weeks (from there).
“Alex will be out for six for eight weeks. No surgery. We feared surgery at some stage before we saw the MRI.”
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