Santi Cazorla reveals gruesome scar on his ankle after undergoing eight operations and nearly losing his foot

The midfielder has not played in over a year and nearly had his right foot amputated after contracting gangrene and a blood infection on a freak ankle injury

Jack de Menezes@JackdeMenezes
Friday 03 November 2017 10:08
Santi Cazorla has revealed the scar left from eight operations on his ankle in an interview with Marca
Santi Cazorla has revealed the scar left from eight operations on his ankle in an interview with Marca

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed how close he came to losing his foot after undergoing eight operations on the ankle injury he suffered more than a year ago.

The 32-year-old Spaniard picked up what was thought to be an innocuous ankle injury in the victory over Ludogorets last October, a knock that manager Arsene Wenger had hoped would sideline him for weeks rather than months.

But setback after setback meant that Cazorla repeatedly went under the knife, resulting in the loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle.

Cazorla was told that he will never play football again, and also needed a skin graft from his arm to cover the wound – which means that part of a tattoo is now located on his foot – having become infected with gangrene and nearly required an amputation to prevent it spreading up his leg.

“The problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected,” Cazorla told Marca.

British doctors were unable to find a solution to the infection, and in a desperate attempt to save his career he flew to Spain to see specialist Dr Mikel Sanchez, who admitted he had never seen a similar issue in his career.

“He saw that I had a tremendous infection, that I had damaged part of the bone and damaged the Achilles tendon,” added Cazorla.

To add to the problems, Cazorla also contracted a blood infection, but despite the numerous setbacks he is setting his sights on a return to football after Christmas after remaining in Salamanca to ensure his rehabilitation is as good as possible.

Cazorla is targeting a return to training after Christmas 

As a result, the player has been spending most of his time away from from his family. “My family is still in London because my children started school there, being alone without them is the hardest thing,” he said.

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