Arsene Wenger has received more worrying news on the injury front heading into a decisive second-half of the campaign.
The Gunners have endured their fair share of injury woes this season as they look to revive their challenge for the Premier League title.
Several key players have spent time on the sidelines at some point this term and one man yet to return from his injury lay-off is Santi Cazorla.
The Spaniard, who is yet to make an appearance since October, underwent surgery on his ankle last month as he was ruled out for the next three months.
However, Wenger has revealed that Cazorla is now dealing with a new set-back which means his return date in March will be postponed, jeopardizing his chances of playing again this season.
“It could be a bit longer. At the moment I don’t really know, but I just have a schedule that he is not planned at the moment to go outside and run.” the Arsenal manager said
“I think once a player goes outside and runs without any problems, you come six weeks. At the moment he has not been out so that’s why I say in January he will certainly not play.
“It is [frustrating] because he’s such a great player and as well because he has started the season in such a tremendous way. He was the dominating player in our squad at the start of the season and we suddenly lost him.”