Did you see the story about Cazorla’s ankle? It is a gruesome tale. Literally a grisly account of Cazorla’s ankle. I will recap: according to an interview with Cazorla in Spanish paper Marca (I speak/read Spanish) Cazorla first picked up an injury in an international match in 2013.
Santi played on through the injury saying that sometimes he would even “cry” at half time when he cooled down for a few minutes. The problems persisted with his ankle until he finally had surgery on it in 2016. One month later, the stitches were removed and… he played football. According to Santi Cazorla he was playing and the wound was opening up on him, exposing the tendon.
Here is his quote (taken from the English version of Marca): “At that time I was still playing,” he said. “The medical professionals told me it was okay, the problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, become infected… Look, in this picture I can see the tendon.”
Yes, there is a picture of his ankle, the wound open, and his tendon exposed.
Surgery in England didn’t help. He went through eight surgeries before deciding to get a second opinion in Spain. There, when the surgeon opened him up they found “gangrene” and two other bacterial infections had eaten part of his calcaneus bone and tendon. The Spanish doctor cleaned him up, repaired his tendon, and did a skin graft from his arm onto his ankle, using part of his arm which has a tattoo of his daughter’s name. He’s been in rehab since.
Like I said gruesome stuff.
Santi Cazorla, to his absolute credit wants to play again. He refuses to allow this injury to defeat him and remains upbeat throughout the interview. I hope to see him play again but I have to believe that as a 32 year old (33 next month) midfielder who hasn’t played in a year and who has played just 31 matches since Fall 2015 his contributions are going to be limited.
My question is one that doesn’t have an answer I can find: how was he cleared to play with a wound that kept opening up? And what responsibility are Arsenal and the physios at the club taking for this absolutely horrifying tale?
Source: MARCA (English) – http://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2017/11/03/59fc2d9722601d063d8b45bb.html