Arsene Wenger has delivered Arsenal latest team news ahead of the FA Cup schedule against Preston.
Speaking to the press, Wenger was asked about the return of Santi Cazorla and he admitted that the Spaniard’s recovery is taking longer than they thought and so he is unsure of his return date.
At the start of December, the Spaniard required surgery to fix an ankle problem and was expected to be sidelined for three months.
But Wenger now concedes that the 32-year-old will return later than he first believed.
‘At the moment he’s far – it’s not going as quickly as I imagined it,’ said the Arsenal manager.
‘It could be a bit longer [than the original three-month timeframe].
‘At the moment, I don’t really know, I just have a schedule that he’s not planned to go outside and run.
‘Once a player goes outside and runs without any problems you count six weeks [for his return].
‘In January he certainly won’t play.’..