Arsene Wenger has admitted he is unable to set a return date for Santi Cazorla but insists he is making his progress with his current injury problems.
The midfielder has been sidelined with an ankle problem picked up in the win against Ludogorets in the Champions League and has been sorely missed by the Gunners.
Cazorla has reportedly been sent to Spain for specialist treatment in Barcelona with Arsenal keen for him to return to action as soon as possible.
However, there seems little sign of him playing first-team football soon with Wenger admitting in his pre-match press conference before Wednesday’s clash with PSG that he is still not back in training.
“At the moment I’ve given a little bit up on that, I don’t know how far he is,” he said according to the official Arsenal website.
“It looks to me that he’s making progress but as long as a player is not in full-time training with the squad, it’s very difficult to set targets.
“It’s not a big injury that will harm his future but it’s an inflammation at the back of his Achilles and it’s always very difficult on inflammations to give a set time.”
The news will be a blow to the Gunners who have looked short of inspiration in recent games and struggled for their usual fluency in attack.
Having thrashed Chelsea back in September Arsenal have found goals difficult to come by, particularly in Premier League clashes against Middlesbrough, Manchester United and Tottenham.
While Wenger has plenty of options in midfield, Cazorla’s creativity is difficult to replace and the manager’s comments suggest he is unlikely to return before Christmas.