Marca post shocking picture of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla on front page

Ruben Hill
November 3, 2017

It's now been 18 months since Santi Cazorla last graced a football pitch, so it's fairly obvious to say that his latest bout of injury woe has been a serious one.

Marca has published a photo on its front page showing Cazorla's foot and the extent of the damage caused by the injury and subsequent surgeries.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed how close he came to losing his foot after undergoing eight operations on the ankle injury he suffered more than a year ago.

However, his career was nearly over after he picked up an infection and in an interview with Spanish publication Marca he revealed that doctors actually considered amputating his foot.

Cazorla lost a total of 8cm of tendon from his Achilles and has required a skin graft, taken from his arm where he has the name of his children tattooed, to suitably cover the wound that had been left in a dire state after consistently going under the surgeon's knife.

And those same doctors claimed Cazorla is lucky to be able to walk after a string of operations.

"If you manage to walk with your son again in the garden, be satisfied, they told me", Cazorla said of the doctors' consultation.

The former Malaga star has been continuing his rehabilitation is his hometown of Salamanca.

"The problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected", he told Marca. "Look, in this picture I can see the tendon".

But, remarkably, the 32-year-old has set a target of returning to action as early as January.

Arsene Wenger recently revealed that he is ready to welcome the playmaker back to his squad after the Christmas period and Cazorla is looking forward to returning to his London home.

'He is not in full training yet, he needs a few games with the reserve team.

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