Santi Cazorla hoping for swift Arsenal return

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Santi Cazorla is hoping to return from injury ahead of schedule following good progress in his rehabilitation schedule.

Arsenal's playmaker injured his ankle whilst on international duty for Spain at the start of September.

Before Arsenal's game against Stoke on Saturday, Arsene Wenger confirmed he was expecting Cazorla to be out for two or three more weeks but the player himself is a little more optimistic.

Cazorla believes the injury is healing quicker than expected and is optimistic that he will be ready to play a part in Arsenal's Champions League game against Napoli next Tuesday.

"I hope to be back shortly. Every day I’m feeling better and I’m working on all ways to reduce my downtime," he told Sphera Sports.

"It all depends on how I train and strengthen my ankle. As the days go by I am doing more things and if all goes well I will try to return for the game against Napoli, but that’s not certain."

The 28-year-old also admitted that it's too early to talk about Arsenal as title challengers despite their strong start to the season.

Wenger's team are currently top of the Premier League after winning four games on the bounce but Cazorla isn't getting ahead of himself.

He said: "Hopefully we win the title, but it is too early to talk about it.

"The beginning is very good. After the first loss the team is performing at a good level.

"We are consistent, that is what we lacked last season. Furthermore, the incorporation of Mesut Ozil has given us a big leap in quality.

"Hopefully we can now become one of the great teams and that gives us the chance to fight for the title."

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