Nacho Monreal has confirmed that Santi Cazorla will undergo surgery today in a bid to help resolve his Achilles’ problem.

The Achilles’ is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body and it really doesn’t take well to being damaged.

Think of it as a thick rope, made of tiny fibres all uniformly connecting to allow the tendon to do what it needs to. When these [collagen] fibres become damaged the body springs to live, producing new ones to replace them.

But, rather like Alexis Sanchez running around a football pitch, they’re all over the place – more plate of spaghetti than bungy cord.

Usually time heals, but in cases such as this, surgery is required.

Any return date given at this point will be pure speculation so please do yourself a favour and pay no attention to any of them.