Arsenal play-maker Santi Cazorla says he is working hard on his recovery and hopes to be back playing within three months, the Mirror report.
The Spain international picked up a knee ligament injury during the recent 1-1 draw at Norwich City, a game in which Alexis Sanchez also succumbed to injury as he strained his hamstring.
Cazorla has been ruled out for up to three months - a huge blow for Arsene Wenger as the play-maker’s midfield partner Francis Coquelin is also currently out with knee ligament damage.
Despite the agony of watching on from the side-lines, Cazorla is remaining positive and he told Spanish radio of the need to be mentally strong as he targets a return within three months.
"I am trying to take it well. These are the things that happen in football and I am trying to recover as soon as possible,” the Mirror quote him as saying.
“I have to be ready mentally to work and hopefully I can shorten the recovery time as much as possible.
"I do not want to set a time but I want to play in three months. I do not want to extend it more if it is possible. Arsenal have told me it will be between three and four months, which may be closer to four."
Cazorla is set to miss a number of key games for the Gunners, including the upcoming festive period, the early rounds of the FA Cup plus the Champions League knockout encounters with Barcelona.
The former Malaga star’s ability to dictate play, set the tempo and instigate attacks from deep will be sorely missed in North London as the club have no like-for-like replacements to step in.
In the recent victory against Aston Villa, Aaron Ramsey played more as a box-to-box midfielder although there are obvious reservation over his ability to think defensively.