Arsene Wenger says he’s heard that Santi Cazorla is doing well with his Achilles injury rehabilitation but admits he’s not currently able to gauge whether the midfielder will be able to play at the top level again.
A series of setbacks, including a nasty infection that necessitated a drastic skin graft procedure, has left the 33-year-old sidelined since October 2016.
He’s out of contract in the summer and while it seems unlikely he’ll be offered an extension, the boss, as was the case in January, refused to rule out a deal for one of his favourite players.
“I’ve not seen him since the League Cup final because he’s gone back to [Spain] to make his rehab,” the boss told press ahead of Sunday’s clas with West Ham United.
“We leave him there. The last news I’ve heard is that he’s doing very well.
“I hope certainly that he’ll come back [to London] before the end of the season and so we can make a check up of where he stands.
“Can he play again in the Premier League? I don’t know. I have to see how he responds to his injury.
“Yes, yes…yes, of course,” he replied when asked if a new contract could be offered.
“We miss him a lot. I never spoke about it in the press conferences, or not many times, because he was not the subject of the day. But we’ve missed him a lot in our game.
“He’s an exceptional football player. Overall, it’s very sad what’s happened to him. And very sad for Arsenal Football Club as well.
“Honestly, to be completely honest, I don’t know [if he can play at the top level again]. I hope yes, but I don’t know.”
Keep going Santi, the fans miss you too.