Santi Cazorla has suggested he will stay on the sidelines when Arsenal visit Manchester United on this weekend as he is as yet trying to recuperate from an Achilles injury. The Spaniard declined to put a time period on his arrival to the field but hoping that it could take a couple of weeks.

The 31-year-old midfielder grabbed a knock in his Achilles ligament during the 6-0 triumph over Ludogorets on 19 October and despite returning to training, every time he gets close to a return to the starting lineup he seems to suffer a setback. Since the injury, the Spaniard has missed total five games till now, including the three Premier League encounters against Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur.

This is a big issue which he has been struggling with for around a year now. He missed nearly 45 days and 7 games last season with the same problem between March and April.

When was asked about it that when he will be ready to return in an interview with Cadena Cope, Cazorla replied: “Well, I still don’t know the exact time. I am trying to return as soon as soon as possible to be with the team again but I cannot say if it will be soon or if I still have a few weeks left. It is what I do not know but hopefully it will be as soon as possible.”

“I wish (to return to the national team) but to get that I need to play for Arsenal. I have to recover from the injury. I need to enjoy [playing] again at Arsenal and then, if things go well, let’s see if I have the opportunity to return to the national team again.”

The midfielder’s absence for the Premier League tie at Old Trafford this weekend is a blow to Arsene Wenger and the French boss will be hoping for a clean bill of health from all of his returning internationals who could make it up in that vacant position.

 

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