Santi Cazorla has been out injured for over five months, but finally made a return to action for the U21s during our 2-1 win over Blackburn in midweek. The Spaniard is hoping to follow that up with a return to the senior side against Manchester City this weekend (via The Evening Standard), with this game potentially having huge implications on our final league position.
He played an hour for the U21s during the narrow victory, with Tomas Rosicky and Calum Chambers also featuring. The 31-year-old looked solid for the most part, although if he makes anything more than a brief cameo against Manchester City it would be a real shock.
He’s clearly determined to make a real impact over the next couple of games, and insists he’s going to work hard to make sure he is able to play a big role.
“I’m very happy to be back,” he said.
“It is a great feeling after five months.
“I need to keep up the hard work with my team-mates in the first team and I want to play the last two games.
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“I want to try to play with the first team against Manchester City.
“I know it is difficult for me but I work hard every day to try to play on the weekend.”
Obviously there are many reasons Cazorla will want to make his return to action as soon as possible, but a big one is likely to be the Euro 2016 Championships this summer. With only two games remaining it’s going to be hard for him to convince Vicente del Bosque he deserves a place, but he’ll certainly do his best.
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We’ve definitely missed the diminutive midfielder too, and our results have unquestionably suffered since his injury. It will be great to have him back at the start of next season, although with Mohamed Elneny performing so well he may no longer be guaranteed a starting spot.