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Doctors: Santi Cazorla Lucky to be Using His Legs
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Nov 08 ( Post 1 )
Some of the fans of the beautiful game might have noticed the long absence of Arsenal/Spanish Midfielder, Santi Cazorla. The 32-year-old Spaniard last featured in a football match in October 2016 and had an ankle injury 2 months later.
Despite eight different operations the wound didn’t heal and became infected. Speaking to MARCA on the infection, Santi said it had “eaten” the Achilles tendon on his right leg, adding: “There was eight centimetres of it missing.” Despite series of antibiotics treatment, there was fear Santi might end up with an amputated leg, because of a blood infection.
It took the grafting of some skin from his left arm which featured a tattoo dedicated to daughter to cover up the damages done by the infection on his right ankle. Cazorla has since been on an intense rehabilitation programme and says he expects to be playing again in the new year. He says he receives messages almost every day from compatriots Andres Iniesta, David Silva and David Villa.
“Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed,” said Cazorla, who has won the European Championship twice and two FA Cups.
“They [the doctors]told me, if you get to walk again with your son in the garden, be satisfied.”
Cazorla’s injury problems started when he suffered a bone fissure in an international friendly against Chile in September 2013, and he became accustomed to playing with pain in his right foot. He had knee surgery in December 2015, before surgery on a tendon injury in the plantar area a year later.
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