By Richard Clarke
Eduardo may have played his last game for Arsenal this season.
The Croatian, who only came back in January from almost a year out with a broken leg, suffered a groin injury in the Champions League Semi-Final first leg at Manchester United on Wednesday. At his press conference on Friday, manager Arsène Wenger said the Croatian will be out for three weeks. Given that Arsenal's season will end on May 27 at the latest, it seems highly unlikely he will play again this term.
Wenger also confirmed Mikael Silvestre (groin) will miss Saturday's game at Portsmouth and the return tie with Manchester United on Tuesday. Robin van Persie (groin) is out for the Fratton Park game and the manager will make a very late call over the Champions League tie. Gael Clichy (back) is sidelined for both matches.
"Eduardo has a groin problem and Silvestre as well," said Wenger.
"Eduardo is ruled out for three weeks and Silvestre we don't know. But he will be short for Tuesday. Clichy is out of it and Van Persie we will assess very late, Tuesday morning or afternoon. I don't know his chances.
"If he is 100 per cent fit he has a very good chance. If he is not he will not play in a game of that stature, that is for sure."
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