Arsenal’s Cazorla endures 9th achilles surgery in 13 months

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Santi Cazorla revealed earlier this month some of the gruesome details of his now-13-month battle to return from an achilles injury suffered in October 2016, and it’s only grown more heartbreaking in the weeks since.

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Having already endured eight operations, faced a bout of gangrene, been faced with the possibility he could lose the leg and seen an eight-centimeter chunk of the tendon eaten away by infection, the discomfort is yet to subside and Cazorla has undergone a ninth operation, the 32-year-old Arsenal midfielder announced via his Twitter account on Wednesday.

“Some discomfort in the tendon that had dragged the last few days, I have had to undergo surgery. It is delaying the date of return to the playing fields, I maintain the hope and motivation to enjoy my great passion, soccer.”

Cazorla had recently hoped to return to full training with the Arsenal squad in January, with an eye toward a handful of appearances at the tail end of the season. Doing so would provide Cazorla a foundation of fitness and form ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Prior to operation no. 9, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had already called Cazorla’s ongoing saga “the worst injury I’ve ever known.”