By Dominic Toner
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been ruled out for the rest of the season, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the 32-year-old will not feature during the rest of the campaign as he recovers from a long-term ankle injury.
It is understood he was expected to be back in action in March, but another setback means his return date has been prolonged until the beginning of next season.
Cazorla has not featured for the Gunners since October and has undergone surgery on his ankle.
The Arsenal playmaker is regarded as one of the standout performers at the club, but has been unable to impact the side for the majority of the season.
Arsene Wenger has plenty of midfield options in his squad and has had to make do without the creative flair of Cazorla, who so often would dictate matches for the north London club.
Cazorla moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2012 from La Liga club Malaga and has racked up 180 appearances.
He will be able to influence the club’s pursuit of a top four spot this season, but will hope to return to the side fresh in the summer.
Wenger’s side travel to Liverpool in their next match in the Premier League, before facing Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, which they trial 5-1 on aggregate.
In other Arsenal team news, Wenger has revealed that a star player will be training on Thursday despite a reported injury concern.