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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Eduardo and another medical phenomenon score for Croatia (video)

By 1970’s Gooner

Two medical phenomena, Arsenal’s Eduardo and FC Nantes’s Ivan Klasnić, scored Croatia’s two goals away to Andorra which put Croatia in second spot behind England in their World Cup Qualifying Group.

Both players are considered medical phenomena because they both suffered long term injuries which threatened to prematurely end their football careers.

Eduardo’s injury is of course well known among Arsenal fans but Klasnić’s not so. He had been out of action for almost two years after undergoing two kidney transplants!

The first was from his mother which his body rejected and the second and successful one from his father.

He became the first player ever to participate at a major tournament after a kidney transplant when he played at Euro 2008 and scored against both Poland in the group stage and against Turkey in the quarter-finals.

Against Andorra Klasnic scored Croatia’s first in the fifteenth minute when he received Ivan Rakitić's pass and struck it into the opposite corner of the net.

Five minutes later Klasnić turned provider as his centre into the area was dispatched by Eduardo with the outside of his foot.

You can watch both goals on the video screen on the top of the page.

Eduardo should be fit enough to start against Manchester City on Saturday. But will Arsene Wenger risk him so soon? I doubt it myself especially now that Adebayor is back to fitness.


Anonymous said...

The trouble is that RVP is also injured. And fabregas and Adebayor will be rusty

Anonymous said...

Yes, i agree. He will not start. Thw good thing is, with arshavin on the team, arsenal seems more effective playing with one big targetman. Just hope nasri don't pick any injury. With fabregas now back, he, nasri and arshavin should have enough creativity and flair to terrorize any prem league team. sadly walcott won't join them anytime soon.

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Anonymous said...

Nasri has flu and Vela has jet lag! Diaby out as well. But we will do em :)

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