Crozilian goal machine Eduardo is back in training and is just three weeks away from making his competitive return, Arsene Wenger revealed today.
The 25-year-old suffered his horrific leg and ankle injuries exactly eight months ago today and although it was originally feared his career might be over, the striker’s attitude has impressed everyone who has been involved in his long rehabilitation.
“Eduardo is three weeks away from playing competitive football,” revealed Wenger at the club AGM today. That means he could be eligible for a place in the Arsenal squad for the visit of Manchester United on November 8.
Of course, it remains to be seen how Eduardo will cope psychologically when Premier League defenders start sliding in on him, but given his steely determination to get back to physical fitness, I can’t see that being a problem.
For those of us who have forgotten just why Arsene Wenger paid around £8 million for the hitman, he scored 34 goals in just 32 appearances in his final season at previous club Dinamo Zagreb and 13 goals in 22 games for his adopted country, Croatia.
And before that hideous tackle at Birmingham in February, Eduardo had notched 12 goals for Arsenal, despite it being his first season adapting to the pace of the Premier League.
He was also proving he could create chances with a number of assists and his versatile style of play meant he was able to work well alongside whoever Le Gaffer chose to pair him with upfront.
Dudu’s shattered leg, I believe, was the difference between Arsenal winning a trophy last season and ultimately finishing empty handed as we did.
But hopefully the fillip his return will give to the team, as well as all us Gooners who are eager to see more of our number 9’s magic, might just prove to be the catalyst that inspires the Arsenal to plough ahead and collect some silverware this campaign.
I for one cannot wait to welcome Eduardo back.