Arsenal’s injury crisis is all set to become even worse as their midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he might remain on the sidelines longer than expected as he recovers from an Achilles injury.
The 31-year old has not played since Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets in UEFA Champions League on October 19, after suffering a knock and now looks set to miss his team’s crunch clash against Manchester United on Saturday. Initially, the injury did not look serious and he was expected to return to action within a couple of weeks.
However, even after almost a month, there is no clarity over his return and the Spain international has now admitted that even he is not sure when he will be back in action for Arsenal.
“I still don’t know the exact time,” Cazorla told Cadena COPE.
“I am trying to return as soon as possible to be with the team again, but I cannot say if it will be soon, or if I still have a few weeks left.
“I do not know, but hopefully, it will be as soon as possible,” he added.
This news will be a huge blow for Arsene Wenger whose team is set to face Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain this month. The French tactician is already facing some injury concerns as Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for four weeks while Alexis Sanchez is also doubtful for the United clash.
Confirming Bellerin’s injury, Wenger said on Thursday:”Hector is out for about four weeks. He was injured in the last 10 seconds against Spurs.”
Speaking on Sanchez’s availability in United clash, Wenger said that the forward will be assessed on Friday.
The Gunners have drawn two of their last three games in the Premier League and any further slip-up might derail their promising campaign.They are currently lying fourth in the table with 24 points and will look to keep pace with Liverpool who are leading the league with 26 points.