Thursday, February 28, 2008

Update on Eduardo da Silva's Injury

Eduardo da Silva's horrific injury sustained from the challenge of Birmingham City's Martin Taylor has been identified as a fractured left fibula and open dislocation of the ankle joint. Arsenal said that his injury was not career-threatening and that Eduardo could be back in action by the end of the year.

"The orthopaedic surgeon and Arsenal medical staff assessed the extent of the damage and possible timescale for a full recovery," a statement by Arsenal said. "All being well, Eduardo will have his leg in plaster and be using crutches for the next six to eight weeks. After that time, partial weight-bearing exercises will be scheduled into a slow rehabilitation process. It is hoped that Eduardo will be running again in six months' time and making a full recovery after nine months. Eduardo will be released from hospital in a few days."

Arsène Wenger's club said that the operation of Eduardo's left leg had been successful. The operation was undertaken at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham and since it was succesful, Eduardo has been moved to a London hospital.

This incident has caused a major stir in Croatia, where Eduardo, a naturalized Brazilian, is a national hero. The Croatian striker will miss the Euro 2008 finals.

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