Santi Cazorla says he can’t wait to get back on the pitch for Arsenal after knee ligament and Achilles injuries have kept him out of action since the end of November.
The Spanish international has had to watch from the sidelines as the season fell apart, and that’s added to a sense of frustration already high by the fact he simply can’t play.
Speaking to the official site, he said, “I hate not playing. I need the daily routine of football so when I can’t do that I don’t enjoy it. I’m dying to play again.
“Obviously it’s been difficult for me to be out for a long period of time. I also had another problem on top of my knee injury, which was the original issue. During the recovery phase I started feeling some pain in my Achilles and that was something nobody was expecting.
“Everything was going well and my recovery was even ahead of schedule, but sadly it all went wrong on my second day running outside with the fitness coach. I started to feel a really sharp pain in my Achilles and that’s why it’s been five months.”
It’s hard not to wonder if he might have made enough of a difference during the time he spent out, but also impossible not to wish he’d been around when we went through that difficult spell when we almost ran out of midfield options.
He’s back in full taining, and although he’s still a little way from full fitness he should be involved in the final weeks of the season.