By Richard Clarke

Eduardo is set to make his comeback in the Reserves on Tuesday but Arsène Wenger has warned it may take a further six weeks for the Arsenal striker to get back to his best.

The Croatian has been out since late February after breaking his leg in horrible fashion at Birmingham. His recuperation has been positive and the second-string match against Portsmouth will be highly significant moment for the 25-year-old but there is still work to be done.

“It is great news,” said Wenger. “Of course the problem for Eduardo is that, even though he is playing a game, we still must get him back to a competitive level. Basically we don’t know how much patience he will need but if patience is needed we have to take it.

“I still believe that we have to give him at least one and a half months competition before he will be completely back at the level he was before.

“But he has a fantastic basis of fitness because he has worked unbelievably hard. I mean unbelievably hard. So he could still surprise us by being a little bit quicker.”

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12 Dec 2008