Eduardo surgeon confident of "excellent recovery" for Arsenal favourite

The surgeon who operated on Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva is backing the Croatia international to make an "excellent recovery".

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Professor in clinical traumatology Keith Porter operated on the star just an hour after the Croat arrived in hospital following Martin Taylor's controversial tackle.

"Eduardo was very grateful and a good patient as he must have been in considerable pain," the professor told the Mirror. "It was a difficult dislocation, you don't see many like that. I spoke with the Arsenal surgeon and we agreed it was in Eduardo's best interests to go to theatre quickly.

"Everyone could see it was a very severe injury, the only thing the public couldn't see - as the sock remained intact - was the skin was torn. It was a hideous injury.

"But he will make an excellent recovery and I have been advised he is on track and he seems to be doing OK. I am sure he will get back to playing eventually, but not without a few anxieties."

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