Santi Cazorla faces missing the rest of the season after Arsene Wenger revealed the Arsenal star has suffered an Achilles problem.
The Spain international has been out since November with a knee injury but now has an issue with tendonitis which could yet rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.
The Gunners have struggled with Cazorla on the sidelines and are five points off the top of the Barclays Premier League table after Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United.
It was initially hoped the 31-year-old would be back at some point in March but – ahead of Wednesday night’s game with Swansea – Wenger gave a fresh prognosis on Cazorla.
“Santi is not doing too well,” he said. “He has some Achilles problems that hold him back. His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact.
Asked if he is now set to return in April, Wenger replied: “We have to see now how he responds. He had always a little tendonitis on his Achilles and we have to see how he responds to that.”