According to various reports, Santi Cazorla could take until May to recover after undergoing a knee surgery this week.
Wenger revealed after last week’s draw at Norwich City that Cazorla had finished the match “on one leg” following a severe damage to his right knee.
Whether the 30-year-old would require surgery for his injury was initially unclear, but speaking after the 3-1 win over Sunderland, the Arsenal boss admitted that Cazorla agreed to undergo a knee operation on Friday.
“Santi wanted to have a chance to come back quickly so he didn’t want to last too long for 25 opinions and he decided to go straight away,” Wenger added.
“The guy said, ‘look it’s a clear case, it’s a rupture of the external knee ligament’. And he said ‘Okay, let’s do it straight away’.”
Wenger has remained upbeat about a return for the Spanish international during the spring but according to reports from the Spanish media, the former Malaga star is unlikely to participate again in the 2015/16 campaign.
All concerns point to the fact that Cazorla will go through a couple of weeks of post-rehab training to regain to his match fitness even if he manages to recover by April as expected.
With the Gunners scheduled to play their final Premier League game of the season in the second week of May, Cazorla faces a race to be fit for the run-in.