Santi Cazorla is not expected to ever play for Arsenal again, according to reports.
The Spain midfielder was originally expected to be out for just three weeks after damaging his Achilles but has not featured since last October.
Cazorla’s injury nightmare has led to a series of operations and regular meetings with respected orthopaedic surgeon Dr Roman Cugat – as well as a night out with just one flip-flop on.
And the Express report that club bosses fear Cazorla may now have played his final game for the club.
Cazorla revealed in May that he would be out for at least another five months – but insisted he was not thinking about retirement.
Yet that possibility could be back on the table now if he shows no improvements in his bid to recover.
Cazorla, 32, also endured an injury-plagued 2015-16, turning out just 25 times in all competitions – compared to the 57 games he played the season prior.
The Evening Standard report, though, that Arsenal bosses are not hitting the panic button over the star’s situation just yet.
They claim there has been no setback in his rehabilitation, but admitted that there still remains no concrete date for his comeback.
Cazorla was awarded a new contract running until next summer at the turn of the year.
Then it was hoped he would be able to feature towards the end of last season and possibly Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph.
But the former Malaga star gave up on that goal in April and now his future is uncertain.
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