By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Santi Cazorla could return to action before the end of the season.
The 32-year-old has been out of action since October after he picked up an Achilles injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League group stages.
However Wenger has said that the Spanish midfielder could play again this season despite having to undergo surgery on his ankle.
“It’s a special problem on his calf. At the moment, the only thing I can say because I have not seen him in training, not even in fitness work, is that he’ll be short,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
“It is possible [he could play again this season] but [it depends] how he heals from his scar, and once that is done he can practise very quickly and very normally but at the moment that is not done.”
Cazorla had a brilliant start to the season for Arsenal.
He scored two goals and got three assists in 11 appearances in all competitions.
It remains to be seen if the former Villarreal star will be able to return to that level of football he began the season due to the amount of playing time he has missed.
The Spanish international has made 180 appearances for the Gunners in all appearances since he arrived at the club in 2012 from Malaga for an undisclosed fee that was thought to be less than £15million.
In those games he has scored 29 goals and bagged a stunning 45 assists.
Cazorla’s only silverware at the club have been two FA Cup victories in 2014 and 2015.
Arsenal play Liverpool on Saturday and a defeat would mean they will drop out of the top four in the Premier League.
In other Arsenal news, a senior pair have returned to training ahead of the Liverpool game.