Eduardo da Silva Makes His Arsenal Return

Martin BentleyCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2008

Eduardo da Silva returned to football tonight, as he lined up for Arsenal's reserves against Portsmouth just 10 months after breaking his leg in a horrific challenge.

The Croatian international, who had his leg broken by Birmingham City's Martin Taylor back in February, put on an Arsenal shirt at Barnet's Underhill ground. He played 45 minutes in a strong looking reserve lineup, which also included the likes of Gavin Hoyte, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere.

Eduardo looked to be right where he left off before the terrible injury, getting into good positions, making runs, and having one or two chances. Still, the net eluded him tonight. He was substituted at half time, having completed the first stage of his on-field recovery.

There may be some training ground friendlies arranged for Eduardo to complete his rehabilitation, but Arsenal's next reserve game will be against West Bromwich Albion on Jan. 5, followed by a trip to Stoke City on Jan. 21.

He will most likely have his playing time increased in these games, and could well play the full 90 minutes against Stoke before returning to the first team sometime in late January or early February.

Tonight, the signs looked promising that Eduardo could well return to his best, and this would be a major boost to an Arsenal team that desperately needs him.