Santi's struggles - Cazorla shares his troubles with ankle injury
Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla disclosed that he was told by doctors that he should be satisfied to walk again after losing 8cm of his Achilles tendon during an ankle operation.
The 32 year-old Cazorla, who last played in October 2016 contracted gangrene following a surgery, this after the wound would not heal despite eight operations.
"There was eight centimetres of it missing," Cazorla told Spanish media outlet Marca in reference to the Achilles problem on his right leg.
It was also revealed that there was a real concern that the midfielder could lose his right leg due to a blood infection, which persisted despite a number of successful antibiotic treatments.
"Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed," said Cazorla.
"They [the doctors] told me, if you get to walk again with your son in the garden, be satisfied," added Cazorla, who said that he receives calls from his compatriots Andres Iniesta, David Silva and David Villa on a daily basis.
Cazorla underwent his last operation to reconstruct his Achilles tendon on May 29 and has since been in an intense rehabilitation programme.
During his last procedure, doctors actually grafted tattooed skin from his left arm to his right ankle.
The player told Marca that he expects to be playing again in 2018.
Cazorla's injury problems started when he suffered a bone fissure while representing Spain in a friendly international against Chile in September 2013. This was followed by knee surgery in December 2015, before surgery on a tendon injury.