Santi Cazorla has revealed that there was serious consideration as to whether they should amputate his left foot after he contracted gangrene, a potentially life-threatening infection.
The Arsenal midfielder, who has not played for the premiership side since October last year, had to undergo multiple operations, resulting in the loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle.
‘If you get to walk again with your son in the garden, be satisfied, they told me.
‘He [Dr Mikel Sanchez] saw that I had a tremendous infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone and it had eaten the achilles tendon. There was eight centimetres of it missing!
‘I do not have clearance until January, but I will come back by then,’ the 32-year-old was quoted by Daily Mail as telling Spanish newspaper, Marca, in an emotional interview.