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Arsenal midfielder expected to miss rest of the season

Cazorla is recovering from ankle surgery. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is not expected to play against this season as he recovers from ankle surgery.

The 32-year-old has not featured since being forced off during the second half of Arsenal's 6-0 Champions League group win against Ludogorets on October 19.

Following an operation on the plantaris tendon in the Spain international's right foot, the Premier League club expected his rehabilitation to take around three months.

However, Press Association Sport understands Cazorla is not set to recovery in time to be involved again this season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had spoken of the importance of Cazorla to the squad following the news of his injury.

Wenger said:

The dressing room needs a balance between experience and youth-team players and you need to be guided as well by some experienced players as well when you go through difficult times.

They help you always to keep your feet on the ground and keep focused.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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Slavisa Jokanovic extends contract with Fulham

Jokanovic has signed an extension until 2019. Credit: PA

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has signed a new contract keeping him at Craven Cottage until 2019.

Former Watford head coach Jokanovic joined Fulham in December 2015 from Maccabi Tel Aviv and led them clear of relegation trouble last season.

The Cottagers currently lie seventh in the Championship, six points shy of the play-off places.

Jokanovic told the club website: "I have made no secret of my desire to stay at Fulham and to continue the project that we have started.

"This is a fantastic club full of history and tradition and I am proud to be part of that and hopefully to add a little to the story.

"We have a squad of young and talented players, all eager to play their part, and as we grow together I know that there is much more to come.

"We've built an identity our fans can relate to which has brought us closer to our targets, which is exciting for the future of the club and for those fans who deserve to see the good times of elite football being played back at the Cottage again."

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