Arsene Wenger insists Santi Cazorla will miss only a maximum of four months after undergoing knee surgery, although some report he could be out for the season.
Cazorla injured his knee in a challenge in the 1-1 draw with Norwich last week, adding to Arsenal’s growing list of injuries.
The Spanish midfielder underwent surgery last week after further scans revealed that he had ruptured the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee.
Cazorla opted to undergo surgery after consulting with leading knee specialist Dr Ramon Cugat, with the 30-year-old choosing not to wait for a second opinion.
Manager Wenger now believes Cazorla will miss up to four months of action.
“Santi wanted to have a chance to come back quickly so he didn’t want to last too long for 25 opinions,” Wenger said. “He decided to go straight away. The guy said: ‘Look, it’s a clear case. It’s a rupture of the external knee ligament.’ Santi said: ‘OK, let’s do it straight away.’
“It’s not the season. It is at least three months out, maybe four.”
But wait, what’s this? It’s John Cross of the Daily Mirror. We present to you the following, (almost) without comment:
Headline: ‘Arsenal crock Santi Cazorla’s SEASON could be over following knee injury surgery.’
Fourth paragraph: ‘But he could be putting a brave face on it and the 30-year-old’s injury is now the worst of all the Gunners’ growing list of casualties.’