Santi Cazorla injury update was given at three months to return but he has himself stated that he might not be ready to come back until after four months when he will have been fully fit as he claims he will only try to play the last month of the season.
Cazorla told Cadena Cope that, “I am trying to take it well. These are the things that happen in football and I am trying to recover as soon as possible. I have to be ready mentally to work and hopefully I can shorten the recovery time as much as possible.”
“I do not want to set a time but I want to play in three months. I do not want to extend it more if it is possible. Arsenal have told me it will be between three and four months, which may be closer to four. I have already said that I will work hard, I want to make everything I can to play in March but we will see how it goes. We are not going to force it if is going to be bad. But my priority is to play in March.”
“The club have told me to be calm and that when I return we will be in the finals (laughs). I hope so. The important thing is that the team do well and I recover as soon as possible.”
He revealed that the injury may not have been so bad if he had come out immediately he felt the knock but he kept playing and he may have made it worse.
He said, “It was a play in the second half of the game. I took a knock but played the whole game in pain. I limped a lot but had no signs that could have a knee injury until after the game. Doctors told me I had torn the ligaments and that I had to have surgery. It was a blow because after playing, even with pain and limping, you don’t expect that.”
“I got really scared when I had the knock because I had so much pain and the leg had fallen asleep because I had been struck on the sciatic nerve.”
“I was a little bit scared but as the minutes passed and I was hot I didn’t have much pain so I could finish the game. Perhaps I should have asked to be subbed but I did not know I had such a serious injury, even the doctors tell me that they don’t understand how I could play so long with this injury.”
Fans will only hope that the available players can cope without the player until the player returns to the squad.