Santi Cazorla has spoken about the horrific extent of the achilles tendon injury that has kept him out of action for over a year, revealing he almost lost his foot to gangrene after contracting a dangerous infection.The Spanish midfielder has not played for Arsenal since October last year and has had to undergo multiple operations, resulting in the loss of eight centimetres from tendon in his right ankles.An emotional interview with Spanish newspaper Marca is set to be published on Friday with the front page showing a close-up of what remains of his ankle. The image shows in graphic detail the devastation caused by going under  knife eight times in space of a year.The shocking photo also shows that Cazorla has undergone at least one skin graft, with a tattooed piece of skin from his left arm now covering his achilles area.At one point, there was serious consideration as to whether they should amputate his foot after he contracted a potentially life-threatening infection.Doctors have told  32 years old that he is lucky to be able to walk in the garden with his son, but, remarkably, he could be back playing professional football with the Gunners as early as January.Cazorla is continuing his rehabilitation in his hometown of Salamanca but Arsene Wenger recently revealed that he is ready to welcome the diminutive playmaker back to his squad after  Christmas period.He recently told ‘The first signs are positive, but still he has not played for one and a half years.’He is not in full training yet, he needs a few games with the reserve team. So I think if all goes well, it will be after Christmas.’Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga in 2012 and has since gone on to make 129 appearances in the Premier League and has also lifted two FA Cups.

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