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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Ex Arsenal Ace Santi Carzola Reveals Horror Details Of Flesh-eating Bacteria

Ex Arsenal star Santi Carzola has revealed horrible details of the injury that kept him sidelined for two years.

The midfielder picked up a bad knock against Ludogorets in October 2016.

However, after contacting a bacteria infection in the hospital, he didn't play for Arsenal ever again.

Carzola has now joined boyhood club Villarreal and has started in all their opening three matches in la Liga.

But the Spaniard says he’s very fortunateto be walking - never mind playing football.

"I picked it up in the operating theatre and then there was the fact that the wound was open," he told The Guardian.

"I'd work on the bike and a couple of stitches would come out.

“Because it was an open wound, bacteria can enter, so another bug gets in. At night, a yellow liquid would come out.

“Every time they sewed me up, it split again; more liquid.

“They did a skin graft but they didn't see what was inside - the bacteria eating away, eating away.

“They didn't investigate what bacteria it was, never took a culture.”

Carzola got over 180 appearances for Arsenal having joined the club in 2012.

The 33-year-old has also said doctors told him to forget about playing football again.

"They'd said to me: 'Don't worry about playing football, concentrate on regaining a normal life, being able to play with your son or go for a stroll',” he said.

“But I didn't attach too much importance to that because by then I'd already decided to come to Spain, where they told me completely different things.

"I'd got tired - I'd gone through two or three months of operations.

“I went to Vitoria the next day and that's when they found the bacteria - two in the tendon and another in the bone.

"They didn't know how much of the tendon the infection had eaten."

"said: 'I'm going to have to open you up until I find the tendon.'

“They told me they'd have to open, open, open, open and when they did, they saw I had lost 10cm.

“I’d been lucky, they said, it could have been more.

“When he had to rebuild the tendon, he realised how bad a condition the bone was in.

“He could put his finger in it. It was like plasticine. That's even more dangerous."

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