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Eduardo Completes Last Step Of Rehabilitation

After suffering that horrific leg break early last year, Eduardo made what could possibly be the last step back to full fitness last night as he completed his first 90 minutes of football since the injury.

It's been less than a year since that fateful day at St Andrews, and after seeing the graphic and disturbing images that littered the Internet and newspapers many thought that Dudu would never play again, never mind this quickly.

However Eddie completed 90 minutes of football last night as Arsenal reserves drew 2-2 at Stoke, and even had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out for offside.

The clinical striker looked quite sharp when you consider the amount of time he has been out, finding himself in goal scoring positions that would have certainly seen him find the onion-bag had he had more match practise.

Eduardo's performance was overshadowed a touch by an excellent performance from young Jack Wilshere that saw him score a Brady-esque stunner.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 22 2009

Time: 11:37AM

Your Comments

Wilshere's goal was a beauty, Eduardo was solid, Randall made a shocking two-footed tackle that 'got a little of the ball' and always took too many touches, while Merida was class, Rui Fonte missed a sitter but made a positive impact, Bischoff ran a lot but with modest contribution to the attack, Bartley and Nordtveit had a solid game (apart from set pieces) and Mannone was absolute PANTS. At one point he came out for a cross at the edge of the box, caught it then dropped it, went out of the box and caught it again, realised what an arse he made of himself and drop-kicked it. We played better with 10 men (without Randall). Lansbury was rather anonimous.
G4L
didnt Mannone just come back from two fractured arms..or was that someone else....if he did then i suppose he needs a break..not literally
fran merida
nice to see him back after that injury
mick66owl
When is Jack going to get a chance. Wenger always said if you are good enough you're old enough. Heck, even 10 minutes at the end of a premiership game would be of benefit....wouldn't it?
LondonGooner
FM, I'm sure that was the young Polish lad Wojciech Szczesny (obviously got the spelling off website)! However can fined any confirmation. Mannone is gash (unlike Szczesny, who looked useful). Unfortunately I don't think Randall is good enough, and I've seen him make a few ropey tackles over the past year. I think he's trying to show he's got a bit of grit, but he is not a natural tackler (obviously). Brillian to see Eddy coming back. I was at St Andrews and it was horrible (although we couldn't see it until we got home).
navydave
LG, I think Wenger believes Jack is good enough to play in the Prem, but that throwing him in at such a young age with such an inexperienced midfield could damage his growth as a player. I truly believe that Cesc is the player he is today because he was surrounded by Pires, Ljungberg, and Gilberto, and later Rociscky and Hleb who are all vastly experienced compared to our current group.
TPowell
TP, I think you're bang on right there my friend. Plus I think Wenger likes the real promising players to be around the first team for a while before giving them more minutes. Walcott would be an example of this!
navydave
I thought Bischoff showed his eye for great passes. He was one of my 3 positives (with Wilshere and Eduardo).
Fabby69
Well said TPowell, also I think there is a bit of a fear of an injury, as a young, fearless dribbler is bound to have a few hard tackles thrown in on him at the top level, unlike Cesc, who was less of a target for such tackles.
ArsenalRob
sorry to but in like this but after the spuds late goals last night,I told my missus I hate Spurs and Hairy Rednob so much now, im gonna start to support Arsenal -except when they play against us, or if their result effects us negatively. Play Up Pompey
plymouth graham
cant wait for eddy to get back into the first team. that'll shake things around. rvp hitting form, nasri hitting form, arshavin coming in.... it'll be a great second half of the season.
supersof
no problem at all plymouth graham. you'll find that a few of us support pompey in the same way, after all you have Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Kanu, and Traore.
TPowell
hey guys, i just watched the highlights on youtube, eduardo looks great, tho he is smaller then he was, or was it just me, but i think vito has no future with us?
gooner_till_i_die
TPowell, fair point re Cesc, who's fault is it that Jack can't come through at the same pace?
shewore
Apparently, Wenger still wants more practice for Eduardo saying that he'll need 1 or 2 more reserve games... Oh well. That makes him by the earliest appear in febrauri. It cannot come too soon!
Fabby69
irrevocable chelsea fan here with a soft side for arsenal. great news on the eduardo front. fab player, superb natural talent. what a pity the premiership was robbed of his talent this past year. outside of chelsea, i'm a big fan of fabregas, and really appreciates eduardo. hopes to see him pick up again from where he left off.
johnny come lately
glad to see him back!
merlin
nice player genunie an a great finisher, sad to see players like that get injured.
123spurs
 

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