By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is determined to accentuate the positives of a mixed week for Eduardo.
The Croatian made an emotional return to the first team on Monday night, scoring twice against Cardiff exactly 51 weeks after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle at Birmingham.
Eduardo was given a standing ovation when he was substituted during the second half of that FA Cup replay but Wenger later revealed to Arsenal TV Online that the striker sustained a hamstring injury shortly before coming off.
Eduardo will sit out at least two weeks as a result but Wenger believes that the pros of Monday night’s comeback far outweigh the cons.
“It is a shame because he got injured two minutes before I took him off,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. “In fairness, Robin van Persie was waiting for about three minutes on the touchline for the ball to go out.
“It is not a bad injury, he will miss two weeks, certainly the two Roma games and the championship games we have in between, that means Sunderland, Fulham and West Brom.
“But I believe overall the situation is very positive because Eduardo managed to convince everybody that he will be back as a player for Arsenal Football Club, that is the most important thing.
“In the short term we are a little disappointed but he will be back.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Feb 2009