The shocking injury that nearly left Cazorla without a foot

Cazorla could return to Arsenal's first-team as early as January despite the extent of his injury

I never thought I'd have to quit - but the doctors told me: 'If you manage to get back to walking with your son in the garden you should settle for that.

It seems to be that Achilles injuries run deep in the blood at the Emirates, as Cazorla's fellow team-mate, Laurent Koscielny also suffers heavily from the same problem.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has exposed the true extent of his ankle injury in graphic detail with the admission that he should be satisfied just to walk again.

The Arsenal midfielder hasn't played a match in over a year, and almost had his foot amputated after he suffered from gangrene and a blood infection. A tendon injury in the plantar area of his right foot required surgery but the wound kept re-opening to the extent that eight operations were needed.

"At that time I was still playing, they told me it was okay, the problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected". The playmaker said that as a result of the infection, eight centimeters of his Achilles tendon was missing.

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Quite incredibly, Cazorla is targeting his comeback to the Arsenal team at the beginning of the new year, with Arsene Wenger stating that he is in his plans for the second half of the season.

The Spanish worldwide contracted a serious blood infection during the treatment process, which had it not been treated, may have resulted in the loss of his foot.

"He noted that I had a bad infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone which ate into the Achilles tendon, there was eight centimetres missing".

He joined Arsenal from Malaga in 2012 and impressed first as an advanced midfielder and then in a deeper role, scoring 29 goals in 180 games for the Gunners.

"No one placed their trust in me but I did and I continue to do so, even though the pain makes me wary", he said.

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