Santi Cazorla reveals gruesome injury that almost 'ate' his leg

Images: Shocking extent of Arsenal star's injury, “be satisfied… if you get to walk again”

Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 and revealed in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca that he nearly had to have his foot amputated due to a gangreen infection after losing eight inches of his Achilles tendon.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he almost had to have his right foot amputated after an infection in his right ankle.

He's revealed that surgeons even told him that he should be "satisfied" to be able to walk with his son in the garden again.

On the front page of Marca, the Spanish midfielder showed the scar around his Achilles, which needed skin from his arm to cover the wound.

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It is further surgery in Spain that might well have saved his career and his leg.

There were fears that Cazorla would need to have his foot amputated.

"The problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected", he said.

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

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"Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed", added Cazorla.

He joined Arsenal from Malaga in 2012 and impressed first as an advanced midfielder and then in a deeper role, scoring 29 goals in 180 games for the Gunners. Although Cazorla's family are still living in London where his children are at school, he has been based at a hotel in Salamanca since July, where he is working daily with Juan Carlos Herraez, the Spain team's physiotherapist. "To be without them is the hardest thing". "Nobody trusted me but I do, I still do, although the pain keeps me cautious".

Cazorla said there was "a tremendous infection". "Each day I get a message from [Barcelona's Andres] Iniesta, [Manchester City's David] Silva and [New York FC's David] Villa".

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