Arsenal are hopeful that Eduardo da Silva will be fully recovered for pre-season training, according to departing physiotherapist Gary Lewin.

The future of the Brazil-born Croatia forward had looked bleak following an horrific broken leg suffered at Birmingham in February.

However, the 25-year-old, who publicly thanked Lewin for his prompt assessment and treatment on the pitch at St Andrews, has made remarkable progress and has been doing extensive rehabilitation work back in his native Brazil.

Eduardo may have been forced out of Euro 2008, but the former Dynamo Zagreb frontman could be back in an Arsenal shirt sooner than first expected.

Lewin, who is set to take up a role as head of physiotherapy with the England senior team next month, said: "Hopefully, he will be back doing training during pre-season. We are setting no timescales for Eduardo because we don't want to put him under pressure, but we are confident he will make a full recovery."