Cazorla faced prospect of losing his foot after infection

Cazorla faced prospect of losing his foot after infection

Cazorla faced prospect of losing his foot after infection

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he almost had to have his right foot amputated after an infection in his right ankle.

Cazorla was then given antibiotics but there was a real danger he could have had his ankle or even his leg amputated if the infection got worse because of a blood infection.

Cazorla was still managing that pain for club and country when he suffered a separate knee ligament injury against Norwich City in November 2015 that also required surgery.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed his foot nearly needed to be amputated after requiring eight surgeries on his ankle, which developed gangrene.

"The problem was that it would not heal, the wound would reopen and it would get infected".

His Achilles tendon was reconstructed in his last operation, in May, and doctors had to use skin grafts from his left arm. His current deal expires next June and, at the age of 32, his ambition remains fierce.

Quite incredibly, Cazorla is targeting his comeback to the Arsenal team at the beginning of the new year, with Arsene Wenger stating that he is in his plans for the second half of the season.

Just the sight of him running on a pitch recently brought his brother to tears.

"My family is still in London because my children started school there, being alone without them is the hardest thing". His routine involves swimming, massage, cycling and pilates.

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

"Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed", added Cazorla. "Nobody trusted me but I do".

Speaking about the Spaniard on Friday, Wenger said: "I have been in touch with Santi throughout his rehab, and it has been extremely tough and testing for him. Behind his smile is a strength you would not guess".

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