Cazorla nearly lost foot in injury nightmare

Aubrey Yates
November 3, 2017

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla reportedly came close to having his foot amputated after suffering a horrific Achilles tendon injury past year.

But setback after setback meant that Cazorla repeatedly went under the knife, resulting in the loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle.

Cazorla picked up an Achilles problem at the start of last season and has undergone eight operations since the initial injury in a desperate bid to return, even requiring the skin of his arm to cover the wound - featuring his tattoo.

"The problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected", Cazorla told Marca.

The Arsenal midfielder told Spanish media outlet Marca that he is working towards playing again, but he was told at one point that his career was over and that he would be lucky to be able to walk with his son in the garden.

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Achilles tendonitis has been the problem, with the former Villarreal star suffering from it on two separate occasions, with the second bout still keeping him out of action and almost costing him his foot due to infection.

Cazorla was told that he will never play football again, and also needed a skin graft from his arm to cover the wound - which means that part of a tattoo is now located on his foot - which became infected with gangrene and almost required an amputation to prevent it spreading up his leg.

In May, Cazorla went through "an nearly complete reconstruction" of his Achilles tendon, and added to other issues, it means there's no real return date, or process, being laid down.

And Arsene Wenger admitted last month Cazorla could return to action in the New Year, but first must do some work with the reserves.

Trying everything to get back, and focusing on Spanish treatment, Cazorla has been living in a Salamanca hotel since July, whilst his family, with children at school, remain in England.

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