Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has not played for the club since October last year due to a strong of injury problems.
What began as an innocuous Achilles problem turned into a handful of treatments and operations.
Following surgery, the 32-year-old contracted gangrene in his right ankle and ended up requiring a skin graft due to the infection damaging his tendon further.
The midfielder had skin removed from his arm to cover the eight centimetres that was ripped away by the infection.
Initially, it was suggested that Cazorla would return to the pitch in the New Year, but now he has revealed on social media that he has suffered a fresh setback.
The Spaniard confirmed that he underwent another operation – his ninth in total – after feeling pain in his tendon.
Debido a unas molestias en el tendón que llevaba arrastrando los ultimos dias, he tenido que volver a pasar por el quirofano. Toca retrasar la fecha de vuelta a los terrenos de juego, mantengo la ilusión y motivación para volver a disfrutar de mi gran pasión, el futbol.#football pic.twitter.com/HpYYRd9VyQ
— Santi Cazorla (@19SCazorla) November 29, 2017
“As a result of some discomfort in the tendon that I had been suffering in recent days, I have had to go into theatre again. I have to put back the date for my return. I still have the motivation and the hope of being able to return to enjoy my great passion, football.”
As expected, Arsenal fans have turned out in their droves on social media to send Cazorla their well-wishes during a difficult time on the treatment table.
Oh goodness. I think he might have to start thinking about his health vs football sadly.
— Kevin Perry (@kevinperry1804) November 29, 2017
Best wishes if recovery Santi. I personally wish to see you back in action quickly. I've missed your game alot ????????
— Muritala Abimbola (@mabimbolar) November 29, 2017
Too sad ?
— Deshope Doherty (@deyshops) November 29, 2017
? ? ? just feeling sad now for this news, santi please keep on keeping on, God will see you through, we Arsenal fans love you
— John Paul (@JohnPau2395667) November 29, 2017
he should retire unfortunatley.
— REGGIE SMITH (@errolsmith27) November 29, 2017
How very sad to such a quality player. My fears are that he will never play again ?
— Jan Cross (@Goonerette7) November 29, 2017
Hate to see a talent like his fade like this but fear this will be the end.
— Ian Funnell (@gobofunnell) November 29, 2017
Poor Santi. Maybe he should just retire from football. Arsenal medical teams are to partially blame for this. How a minor pain in Archillew turned to a over a year injury and even amputation was considered at a point. Get well soon Santi. We love you man.
— Ògbéni Olayinka (@yinkuzjyde) November 29, 2017
Stay strong, you will come back. Santi
— Yawar Hayat (@iyawarhayat) November 29, 2017
Such a talented player, feel really bad that he’s going through such terrible times, hope he plays for us again, recover well Santi, we miss you on the pitch⚽️
— ?Sangram Banerjee? (@Sangravo) November 29, 2017