Arsenal's Santi Cazorla in danger of missing rest of season with Achilles injury
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 02/03/16 3:17pm
Santi Cazorla could be in danger of missing the rest of the season after Arsene Wenger revealed the Arsenal midfielder has suffered an Achilles injury.
The Spain international has suffered a setback in his recovery from knee ligament surgery by developing a problem with tendonitis, having not played for Arsenal since November.
"Santi is not doing too well," Wenger said. "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."
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.
He is now set to miss England's friendly double-header later this month with Wenger confirming he has not started training with Arsenal's first-team squad.
"Jack is doing quite well but has still not been outside yet," Wenger added. "Running, I think, starts again this week. Three to four weeks [until he is back].
"I can understand you worry for the England team. I worry as well. I'm a supporter of England."
With Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky also out, Wenger's options in central midfield are limited, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined for "a few weeks", according to the Frenchman.