Arsene Wenger admits that the injury that has sidelined Santi Cazorla is “the worst injury I’ve known”.
Cazorla has been sidelined since October 2016, injuring his foot in a Champions League game with Ludogorets.
The midfielder was expected to only miss a number of months, but has now been out of action for over a year.
The Spaniard recently opened up with regards to his injury, stating that he almost lost his foot at one stage due to infection.
“It is [the worst injury I’ve seen],” he said. “Honestly, it is. Yes. It is the worst injury I’ve known, starting with a little pain on the Achilles. It’s gone worse to worse.
“I must say, I know how much Santi Cazorla loves to play football and loves to be out there every day. I feel really sorry for what happened to him because it’s unbelievable.
“I wish [that he’ll be back in January]. The last time I saw him was one month ago, he came here. I told him to prepare as well as he can, he has competent medical people around him, and to try to practice.
“I have not spoken to him recently but I hope he comes back. I left him out of the squad hoping he’d be available in January, that was my target.”
When asked whether Cazorla might never play again, Wenger replied: “I hope that you are wrong.”