Cazorla rejects retirement talk after injury nightmare

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

Indeed the Spanish midfielder believes he can still return to his peak even after almost a year on the sidelines.

The Spain worldwide has been out of action since the Gunners' 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League back in October 2016 and has undergone eight operations in an effort to solve the issue in his right Achilles.

Since then he has required eight separate operations, in part due to a bacterial infection that affected his bone.

Cazorla, however, insisted that he could still recover his fitness.

"I don't know how long it will take, but I'm convinced that I'll be back soon, ' he told Onda Cero's 'El Transistor" programme. "He really wants to see me on the pitch and I hope it will be soon". I am convinced that I will come back'.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla now nursing a recurring heel problem has opened up on his battle to overcome the injury that has ruled him out of contention since the club's 6-0 win against Ludogrates in October 2016.

Speaking to Spanish television, Cazorla admitted himself that he does not know when he will be able to pull on an Arsenal shirt once again, and the 32-year-old revealed how his absence is also having an impact on his six-year-old son, Enzo. The worst thing is in the head. The Spain global has undergone eight operations in an attempt to solve the problem in his right Achilles.

"It looks like the operations are over. I need time. I can't pinpoint firm recovery dates in case I don't hit them".

"I started the recovery two weeks ago". I'm still far away. "I have no muscle mass in my calf, no strength in the tendon, we are still working on getting my Achilles to function again", he said. Now I'm very happy, starting the recovery that is was what I wanted'.

Though Arsenal did not formally announce the extension the club activated an option in Cazorla's contract handing him an additional year at the club midway through the season.

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