Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Eduardo starts training in June. Arsenal permit recuperation in Brazil
Eduardo has received permission by the Arsenal medical team to continue his recuperation from his horrific injury in the more familiar surroundings of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.
He has already visited the Brazil national team’s doctor, Jose Luiz Runco and physiotherapist, Odir de Souza at the Park Lane Hilton in London today Tuesday where the Brazil national team has assembled ahead of their friendly game against Sweden.
It is a game which is intended to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first world title for Brazil. It was in 1958 against Sweden (5-2).
The call up has brought together players from the three English clubs fighting for the Premiership title.
They are Gilberto Silva of Arsenal, Alex Costa of Chelsea and Anderson of Manchester United who has been called up as a late replacement after Kaka withdrew due to injury.
Runco, Brazil’s team doctor, after examining Eduardo stated that “he wants to do the recovery in Rio de Janeiro and we have a new meeting within two weeks”.
The doctor along physiotherapist Odir de Souza have already drawn up a schedule of what Eduardo needs to do for his recovery in Brazil.
In the meantime, Bilic, Croatia’s coach speaking ahead of their friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park has also stated that Eduardo is making a very good recovery and that he will start light training in June.
"He is making very good progress and we expect he will be able to jog lightly by the time the European Championship starts but he will need plenty of time to make a full recovery."
Injured striker Eduardo da Silva will be invited to join Croatia's squad at the Euro 2008 finals to help boost team morale, But this is not our decision it depends on Arsenal - Bilic said.
"I want Eduardo there and so do the players, it would also mean a lot to him,"
Eduardo is expected to fly to Brazil when he will be free of the plaster which is expected in the next few weeks.
Waiting for him there will be his mother Joelma Da Silva. She said on Sport TV:
“Everything in life for him is football. It is the love of his life. I want to be there, on his side but I am sure that he has the strength and with God’s help he will be back to playing soccer again” she said.
Narley Da Silva, a cousin of Eduardo said: “we will give him the affection he needs”