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It’s been over 18 months since Santi Cazorla last played for Arsenal and any hopes of him ever returning for the Gunners are fading fast.
Now 33 years old, the Spaniard is undoubtedly past his best and there were once fears he wouldn’t be able to walk again, let alone play football.
Cazorla was told by doctors that due to an infection in his Achilles there was a chance he would have to have his foot amputated.
Luckily that didn’t end up being the case, though Cazorla did lose eight centimetres of his Achilles tendon and has undergone eight rounds of surgery.
“‘If you manage to walk with your son again in the garden, be satisfied,’ they (the doctors) told me,” Cazorla explained to Marca in November, per Sky Sports.
“At that time I was still playing, they told me it was OK, the problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected. In pictures, I can see the tendon.
“He (the latest doctor) saw that I had a tremendous infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone and the infection ate the Achilles tendon. I had eight centimetres missing.”