Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has rubbished claims that he has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee ligament injury.
Reports yesterday claimed the 31-year-old could be set to miss the rest of the season, including the Gunners’ title run-in.
Arsene Wenger, who was asked about Cazorla’s lay-off ahead of Arsenal’s crucial match with Swansea on Wednesday, seemed to provide a fresh prognosis yesterday.
“Santi is not doing too well,” he said.
Surprised by the piece of news appeared in press, deadlines are going as planned. I will be ready on 1st April. #workinghard
— Santi Cazorla (@19SCazorla) March 2, 2016
“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.”
However, the Spaniard took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to set the record straight and revealed he is on course to be fit for the start of next month.
The playmaker wrote: “Surprised by the piece of news appeared in press, deadlines are going as planned. I will be ready on 1st April. #workinghard”.
Cazorla has been a key figure for Arsenal over the last few seasons and it will come as a relief that Wenger could have the midfielder available for the Premier League run-in.