Arsene Wenger was asked about Santi Cazorla at his press conference today, with some uncertainty over the timeframe regarding the Spaniard’s return.
He’s been sidelined since October with an Achilles problem, and although the manager said he wasn’t overly concerned he’d be out for a prolonged period, he admitted he still doesn’t know when the 31 year old will be back in action.
There were reports that he’d been sent to Spain to see a specialist to help solve the problem, but the Arsenal manager was not particularly forthcoming about that.
“At the moment I’ve given up on that,” he said. “I don’t know how far he is. He looks to me that he’s making progress, but as long as the player is not in full time training you can’t set targets.
“It’s not a big injury, it’s not one that will harm his future, it’s an inflammation at the back of his Achilles. And with inflammation it’s always hard to tell.”
Pressed further on a time-scale, he continued, “My gut feelings is two weeks, but after two weeks it takes another two weeks of training to get back to full fitness.”