By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger may hand fit-again striker Eduardo his Arsenal debut at Blackburn on Sunday.

The Croatian striker looked impressive in pre-season but picked up an ankle knock on the eve of the new campaign and has been forced to sit out the past two games. Denilson is also back after an ankle injury but Emmanuel Adebayor (groin), Abou Diaby (ankle) and Gilberto (fatigue) are still out. They may be joined on the sidelines by Emmanuel Eboue who picked up an ankle problem in the 2-0 win at Sparta Prague on Wednesday.

"From last night we might have a little problem with Eboue, who is struggling a bit," said Wenger in an exclusive interview with Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. "I don't know yet, we will have more news tomorrow. The players who come back available could be Denilson and Eduardo. I don't think we'll lose anyone else from last night apart from that little question mark over Eboue."

The manager was asked whether he'd be prepared to start Eduardo for the first time against a tough-tackling side like Blackburn.

"Why not?" replied the Frenchman. "We have played two hard and physical games this season already so we need fresh legs." will have further injury news on Friday afternoon.
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday morning. In it the Frenchman talks about: the win at Sparta, the emergence of midfield goal-scorers, the Premiership season so far, the form of Man United, Chelsea and Spurs, the two games at Blackburn last season, stories linking Arsenal with Morten Gamst Pedersen and his thoughts on further transfers.

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Richard Clarke 16 Aug 2007