Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla faces missing the rest of the season after it was confirmed on Tuesday that he suffered an Achilles problem.
The Spain international has been out since November with a knee injury but now has an issue with tendonitis which could yet rule him out for the remainder of the campaign according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Wenger in a pre-match conference ahead of the home tie to Swansea City said;
“Santi is not doing too well. He has some Achilles problems that hold him back. His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact.
Asked if he is now set to return in April, Wenger replied: “We have to see now how he responds. He had always a little tendonitis on his Achilles and we have to see how he responds to that.” Wenger said as quoted on the Arsenal official website.
The Gunners who have struggled without Cazorla are five points off the top of the Barclays Premier League table after Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United.
It was initially hoped the 31-year-old would be back at some point in March but – ahead of Wednesday night’s game with Swansea – Wenger gave a fresh prognosis on Cazorla.
Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere is still looking at a minimum of three weeks before making his own long-awaited return having not played this season due to a broken fibula.