Wenger wary of handing Eduardo comeback

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is unsure whether to throw Eduardo back into first-team action after almost a year out through injury.   The Gunners front-man has been on the sidelines since February 2008 after suffering a broken leg and dislocated ankle at Birmingham City, and finally made his long-awaited return on Wednesday night for his country.   Arsenal face Cardiff City on Monday night in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay at the Emirates Stadium, but the French manager is cautious about involving Eduardo so soon after returning from such a horrific setback.   “He is back and ready to go,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “I don’t know [about Cardiff]. I don’t want to promise anything. I want the freedom to pick the team I want to pick.”   The 25-year-old marked his return by coming off the bench and setting up the winning goal for team-mate Nico Kranjcar in Croatia’s 2-1 victory over Romania.   “I feel good and I proved that I can play again,” Eduardo said. “When I came on, I must confess that I felt tension in my stomach, but it disappeared when I made my first touch.   “All my team-mates asked me if I was scared, but I’m happy not to fear anything on the pitch and I’m ready to play.”   Eduardo was an unused substitute in the North London derby against Tottenham last weekend, but will now be hoping to play some part in Monday night’s rearranged FA Cup replay.   However, the Croation international is well aware that he has a long way to go to regaining full fitness and producing the form that prompted Wenger to shell out around £7.5 million for his services in July 2007.   “The most important thing is that I’m back, but I still have work to do to be the old Eduardo.”

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