By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes Eduardo is “still on the way back” from the horrific injury he received at Birmingham two years ago.

On February 28, 2008, the Arsenal striker suffered a broken fibula and open dislocation to his left ankle following a challenge from Martin Taylor in the early stages at St Andrews.

The Croatian underwent surgery that night and it signified a long journey back to playing again. Therefore it was an emotional evening on February 16, 2009 when the 27-year-old scored twice in his comeback game against Cardiff.

On Saturday, Arsenal return to Birmingham for the first time and Eduardo is expected to be part of the travelling squad. Over two years on, Wenger feels the player’s recovery remains ‘in progress’.

"I believe he is still on his way back,” said the Frenchman. “He is not completely yet where he was before but the signs are positive. He is getting better and better but I knew that it would take a long time.

“Don't forget that he had a second surgery at the end of last season and that was decisive in getting him back to where he was before because the injury had affected his pace. 

“After that he had a few muscle problems but now I feel him coming back.

“For a while he had not found his sharpness completely. However for the last two or three weeks in training he has been showing that he is back where he was before. But it took him a long time."

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26 Mar 2010