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Published: 10:29 | 15/12/15

Cazorla could be out until March


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears Santi Cazorla could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Cazorla was one of three players to pick up injuries in the 1-1 draw at Norwich last weekend but the Spaniard stayed on the pitch despite struggling to run towards the end of the match.

The full extent of the knee ligament injury has yet to be established but Wenger has confirmed the midfielder, who has been a key member of the Arsenal team this season, could be out until March.

"Cazorla, we don’t know until he sees a specialist. “It’s possible (he could be out til March)," Wenger told reporters on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny were also injured at Carrow Road with Wenger criticised for his decision to play the former.

Despite having a slight issue before kick-off, the club's medical staff gave him the all clear to play only for him to be forced off in the second half after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Sanchez could miss up to a month with the problem and Wenger says he will accept the blame for the injury.

"Sanchez had four weeks holiday, he was tested in some games, had all the sports science to play," Wenger said.

"No-one suggested he could injury a hamstring or back when he was pushed into a camera (pit). That shocked everyone.

"I am not expert enough, but if you want to blame me, no problems."

Arsenal have had a lengthy injury list to contend with but Koscielny's injury is not as bad as first thought, while Theo Walcott is in contention to return from a muscular injury.

"The players injured last week will not play tomorrow,” Wenger said. “Coming back and maybe in the squad we have Koscielny, maybe Walcott. The decision will be made tomorrow morning. "It’s positive because at the moment we are a bit short so it’s good to have them back."

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