Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has revealed that he could be facing longer than a three month lay-off due to his knee ligament injury he picked up against Norwich City two weeks ago, Mirror reports.
Cazorla was clearly hurt during the clash against Norwich City, but insisted on finishing the game which ended in a disappointing 1-1 result.
However, scans after the game confirmed that the Spain international ruptured medial knee ligaments which would definitely keep him out for three months.
And Cazorla himself has now come out to claim that he is likely to miss both legs of their Champions League round of sixteen clash against Barcelona, with the second leg being played on March 17.
“I am trying to take it well,” he said on Spanish radio. “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.”
But, the 31-year-old insisted that he is prepared to put in the hard work to come back stronger than ever with one eye on retaining his place in the Spain national set-up.
He added: “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.”
Cazorla has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring no goals.