Santi Cazorla has said it could be more than five months before he returns to action for Arsenal following “the worst season” of his career.
The Spaniard, who was initially expected to return in November, has now had eight operations since picking up a right ankle injury in October.
Santi Cazorla last appeared for the Gunners in the Champions League group stage against Ludogorets on October 19 and now the latest operation on Monday means he could now be out until at least October time.
“You feel like throwing in the towel but my desire to play football is above everything,” he told Cadena Ser . “I haven’t been given a timeframe [to return to action]. It’s very difficult to put a date, but I don’t think it will be before five months.
“It’s been since October that I last played. I’ve undergone eight surgeries, the last one yesterday [Monday]. I hope that things go better.
“I’ve had complications since November. I got a bacterial infection in surgery, my bone got infected, the wound would not close and I had a graft done.
“I remember I had a bad spell with a back problem [while with Villarreal in 2010] but this is worse because it [healing] doesn’t depend on me. Right now I can’t think about the future, I just want to return to play.”