Cazorla faced prospect of losing his foot after infection

04 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Following eight operations, which saw the Spaniard lose eight centimetres from the tendon, Cazorla contracted gangrene in the wound.

Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 and revealed in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca that he nearly had to have his foot amputated due to a gangreen infection after losing eight inches of his Achilles tendon.

Doctors have told the 32-year-old that he is lucky to be able to walk in the garden with his son, but, remarkably, he could be back playing professional football with the Gunners as early as January.

Since then, he has had surgery eight times because the wound kept opening, and became infected. "Look, in this picture I can see the tendon".

The Arsenal midfielder hasn't played a match in over a year, and almost had his foot amputated after he suffered from gangrene and a blood infection.

In a graphic front page, the Spanish newspaper shows Cazorla's ankle after a skin-graft which took an area of his arm, and part of a tattoo, and used it to help heal the area around the footballer's Achilles. The aggressive nature of three bacteria required antibiotic treatments and it was at this stage that fears arose of a blood infection that could mean amputation.

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Now on the road to recover after more than a year out, Cazorla has been working on his fitness in Spain and is targeting a return to first-team football in the new year.

"My family is still in London because my children started school there, being alone without them is the hardest thing".

"Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed", added Cazorla.

Santi Cazorla is undoubtedly missed at the Emirates, where he was easily one of their most talented players.

"He is extremely strong and courageous, and behind his smile is a strength you would not guess".

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