Eduardo da Silva’s return from injury has been postponed again after tonight’s away trip to West Bromwich Albion for the reserves was called off.
The Brazilian-born Croatian international played 45 minutes against Portsmouth reserves three weeks ago but was withdrawn at half time as a precaution after feeling some tightness in his hamstring.
The Crozilian has recovered from that minor setback and is anxious to get back into the first team squad, but he won’t be able to use the baggies trip to prove his match fitness after a pitch inspection at Aggborough – the home of Kidderminster Harriers – this afternoon resulted in the frozen ground being given the thumbs down.
It’s a blow for those of us who were hoping to tune into Arsenal TV to watch the game live, but at least it allows Arsene Wenger to get back on the phone to try to secure us a new player.
And if Dudu can prove himself in training over the coming days, who knows, we might see him make it into the first team squad for one of the coming games in January. This Saturday’s home tie against Bolton might be too soon, but with trips to Hull, Cardiff (in the FA Cup) and Everton to follow, Le Gaffer will be as keen as the player himself to have Eduardo back in the reckoning.
And the boost in confidence Dudu’s presence could give to the team and fans alike is something I’m hoping we’ll see sooner rather than later.