Monday, February 25, 2008


Arsenal are predicting that Eduardo da Silva will make a full recovery by the end of the year, after confirming he has fractured his left fibula and dislocated his ankle.

The Gunners striker sustained the injury after just three minutes of the 2-2 Premier League draw with Birmingham at St Andrews at the weekend, following a challenge by Martin Taylor which saw the Blues defender sent off.

Eduardo, 25 on Monday, was taken to Selly Oak Hospital and underwent surgery on Saturday evening before being transferred to a London hospital on Sunday.

His club have now released a statement on their official website,, saying: "The club can confirm that following the incident during Saturday's match at Birmingham City, Eduardo has fractured his left fibula and sustained an open dislocation of his ankle joint in the same leg.

"He was immediately taken to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham where he underwent surgery on Saturday evening. The operation was successful, and Eduardo was transferred to a London-based hospital on Sunday afternoon.

"Earlier today, the orthopaedic surgeon and Arsenal medical staff assessed the extent of the damage and possible timescale for a full recovery.

"All being well, Eduardo will have his leg in plaster and using crutches for the next six to eight weeks.

"After that time, partial weight-bearing exercises will be scheduled into a slow rehabilitation process."

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