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