Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Eduardo on course for earlier than expected return
Eduardo has been in Rio de Janeiro attending Ronaldo’s Clinic R9 every day.
As we have reported first on this site his doctors who Arsenal entrusted for his recovery programme headed by the Brazilian National Team doctor,Jose Luis Runco, have come out and put his expected return on the training field in four months.
This has encouraged Eduardo who said to Brazilian Globosporte.com that he wants to shorten his time of recovery even further.
“I prefer to look forward and I am dedicated to my physiotherapy programme. If necessary, I will spend 24 hours on the treatment table. If God gives me the right to hope, I will fight for it – completely”.
He also revealed that Martin Taylor has not yet apologised to him!
When asked about the punishment of a three game ban that Taylor received he said that it was disproportionate to the damage done to him.
He compared his situation to Dutch player Niels Kokmeijer who broke his leg after Moroccan Rachid Bouaouzan (now with Wigan) tackled him. He was sent to prison for six months by a Dutch court.
He thought that Rachid Bouaouzan’s punishment was too excessive.
“I think Rachid Bouaouzan should have been removed from football for the same time that the victim remained in recovery. As the player can not go back to work, the aggressor deserved to be excluded from football”.
Eduardo's return is now expected in September of this year.
This will probably encourage Arsene Wenger to utilise any transfer funds he has in strengthening other areas such as in central defence and in midfield especially if Flamini leaves.