Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is expected to miss at least four months of the season after undergoing surgery, according to reports in the press (via the Mirror). The Spaniard, who was injured during Arsenal’s game against Norwich City, played for the entire 90 minutes. However, it was later revealed that he had ruptured his lateral ligament and was expected to fly to Spain for further treatment.
The press reports state that he went to Spain to meet with Dr. Ramon Cugat, who is a famous specialist in sports injuries. The doctor advised Cazorla to get immediate surgery, which he has now done. Speaking about the treatment, manager Arsene Wenger said, “The surgery has now happened. It’s not the season. It is at least three months, maybe four.
“Santi wanted to have a chance to come back quickly so he didn’t want to last too long for 25 opinions. He decided to go straight away.
“The guy said, ‘Look, it’s a clear case – it’s a rupture of the external knee ligament.’ And he said, ‘Okay, let’s do it straight away.'”
If the timeframe for this injury is accurate, then that means we will be without the services of Cazorla until April at the earliest. This is a massive blow to a side that is already short on players, and it shifts the onus onto Aaron Ramsey to deliver over the next few months. Jack Wilshere is also a potential candidate to fill the void left by Cazorla, provided that the Englishman manages to recover himself.