Santi Cazorla looks set to make his return to action in the next few weeks, with the Spaniard scheduled to play his first game since November against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, as reported by the Express.
We’ve been missing the playmaker ever since he suffered his knee injury against Norwich several months ago, with our midfield not looking the same without him. The fact that we were simultaneously without Francis Coquelin made things even more difficult, but the Frenchman is now back, and will soon be reunited with Cazorla too.
It will be a huge boost to have the 31-year-old back, as our options in midfield recently have been extremely limited. Aaron Ramsey is obviously a quality player, and his overlapping runs get him into some great positions. Sometimes there’s call for more of a deep lying playmaker though, and to have Coquelin and Cazorla reunited in midfield will be absolutely massive.
Unfortunately there are a few massive games between now and Tottenham, which Cazorla will unquestionably be unavailable for. We can certainly do without him against the likes of Hull City and Swansea – in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively – but clashes with Manchester United and Barcelona should prove far tougher, and it would have been great to have Cazorla available.
It wouldn’t only be beneficial to have Cazorla available as an option for the games themselves, but also just to give other players a rest. Ramsey is likely to feature in at least three of the four games prior to our trip to Tottenham, and keeping our stars fresh could be key heading into the tail end of the season.
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At least he’ll be back for the second leg against Barcelona and a number of other key Premier League fixtures though, hopefully we haven’t given ourselves too much of a mountain to climb before then.