I suffered an Achilles injury last year. I was thinking of posting a post-op picture on here but I thought I’d spare you the disgust.
Long story short, I only had surgery once but had the injury twice in the space of several months. Because of that, recovery took almost an year, and by recovery I mean being able to walk normally and run lightly. I still haven’t played football even though it’s been 1.5 years since then. I don’t even know if I could kick a ball with my left (I used to be two-footed).
I am sure Cazorla received zelion light years better medical help and went through much strenuous and dedicated recovery program and I think his injury is different than mine, but even then he won’t return to top level football. Achilles injuries take out power and pace out of you. Even if he fully recovers to be able to participate in competitive professional sport, which at this point looks highly unlikely, he won’t be the same player because of physical impairment.