Santi Cazorla has provided an injury update after reports that he would not play again for Arsenal this season.
The influential midfielder has not featured since October due to an ankle problem and has now admitted he has had to have more surgery yesterday.
“I had to have a minor operation to close the scar that had opened,” Cazorla told Onda Cero.
“It was nothing serious but I still had to go to the hospital [on Thursday afternoon].
“I had a graft done on my ankle a month-and-a-half ago because the skin on my ankle was practically dead and that was the reason why the wound would not close when I first had my operation in Sweden.
“Everything was going well until I started to do some exercises on the bicycle. The skin opened again and the stitches gave in.
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“We hope this is the last one and I can return as soon as possible.
“I can’t do anything, that is the worst thing about this situation, that it doesn’t depend on me.
“It’s not a case of how much work I put in, I need for the wound to close. I just have to wait to see how the new skin that they took from my arm adapts.
“I now have to wait two weeks to see if the wound and the scar close. That is my biggest concern. I know I have to be optimistic and deal with it in the best possible way.”
It seems impossible to speculate just when Cazorla might return for Arsenal but we all hope he can get back to full fitness as soon as possible.