Arsenal's Adebayor: Why Eduardo?

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor admits the horror injury suffered by Eduardo da Silva last week rocked him.

"Why him?" asks Adebayor. "Why not me? Eduardo is a nice guy. Some of us like talking a lot but he's a very cool guy, easy-going, quiet, you know what I mean? That's why you think, 'Why did it happen to him?' He'd never do anything wrong on a pitch."

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Adebayor was metres away when Birmingham defender Martin Taylor made his tackle.

"Eduardo was trying to pass me the ball. When he fell down I hadn't really seen what happened and put the ball down to take the free kick quickly. Eduardo was not even shouting, because some pain is so great you can't even take it, you're in shock. Then he showed me his ankle and when I saw it, I ran away.

"It's been more than difficult for everyone at Arsenal to deal with. In the game, it affected the team, for sure. You're trying to keep playing and you know he is suffering somewhere in a hospital, crying, shouting . . . I don't know about others but, for me, it was very hard to continue. A ball, 50-50, you think, 'Okay, I'll go for it', but just for a second it comes into your head, 'What if it happens to me?'"

Though poignant, the visit to Eduardo was cathartic.

"He had good confidence and looked very strong," Adebayor told the Sunday Times. "Enough time has passed now for us to get over it."

Eduardo's forgiving of Taylor helped everyone move on.

"And it was right, because the most important thing is for him now to be focused on his ankle and getting back to playing in four, five, six months."

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