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Cazorla discusses foot injury and potential January return

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has discussed a potential January return, whilst speaking on his foot injury.

Spanish daily Marca look at Cazorla, who has not played for two years now following an injury problem with his foot.

The Spanish international has had eight operations on his foot and an infection which threatened to see his career come to an end.

Cazorla is currently living in Salamanca, but remains focusing on returning to full fitness – having lost 8cm of his tendon and gangrine in his foot.

Prior to his injury, the former Malaga man was linked with a move to Barcelona given his excellent form.

“If you are able to walk with your son again in the garden, be satisfied, I was told,” Cazorla told Marca.

“He noted that I had a terrible infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone which ate into the Achilles tendon, there was 8 centimetres missing.

“My family still live in London because my children are in school there but I am here alone in Salamanca…and it’s very tough.

“The other day a woman told me I was the double of Cazorla…when I explained that it actually was me, she just laughed!

“Most days I receive messages from club and international teammates, like Iniesta, Silva, David Villa…

“I’m still cautious because of the pain and the tough times but I still trust in myself but you have to bare in mind this injury has never been as straightforward as many thought.

“I am aiming to return in January, it keeps me motivated.”

Spain have recalled Alberto Moreno to their squad for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Russia this month.

Having qualified for the World Cup next summer in Russia, Julen Lopetegui’s side will now prepare with friendlies and the head coach has handed recalls to Moreno, Vitolo, Luis Alberto and Suso.

David Villa doesn’t see a return, whilst Diego Costa is unavailable, having not been able to play for new side Atletico Madrid due to their transfer ban.

Valencia’s in-form striker Rodrigo remains in the squad, as does Iago Aspas, who has been playing well for Celta Vigo.

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