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Cazorla returns after four years and eleven operations back in Spanish selection

Santi Cazorla is Friday for the first time in almost four years included in the Spanish selection. The 34-year-old playmaker from Villarreal played between 2016 and 2018 almost two years of no contests due to a severe and rare injury.

Cazorla played his last 77 international matches (14 goals) on november 13, 2015 in the friendly match against England. The midfielder, the position in that battle 2-0.

A year later, the Spaniard surgery because of persistent pain in his left ankle. After that surgery he got as a result of an infection of a large piece of his achilles tendon is gone.

In total there were a whopping ten extra operations needed to remedy that, the last in may 2017. When that surgery was his achilles tendon repaired and a piece of skin from his tattooed forearm grafted to his lower leg.

Cazorla had during the process in fear that his leg would lose, and doctors told him that he’s happy if when he’s able to walk again. This season made the former player of Arsenal, however, impressed in the shirt of Villarreal with four goals and ten assists in 34 league games.

Coach Luis Enrique has awarded Cazorla Friday with a call for the EK-kwalificatieduels with the Faroe islands and Sweden, respectively, on 7 and 10 June in Tórshavn and Madrid. Spain, after two matches, first in group F with six points. Sweden is the number two with four points.

Full Spanish selection:

Goalkeepers: De Gea (Manchester United), Kepa (Chelsea), Pau López (Betis).

Defenders: Carvajal (Real Madrid), Ramos (Real Madrid), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad), Iñigo Martínez (Athletic), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Gayà (Valencia), Jesús Navas (Sevilla).

Midfielders: Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo Hernández (Atlético), Parejo (Valencia), Isco (Real Madrid), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli), Cazorla (Villarreal).

Attackers: Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta), Morata (Atlético).

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