Arsenal striker Eduardo says he has still not heard from Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor, who sidelined the Croatian for almost a year. The former Dinamo Zagreb front-man made his long-awaited return to first-team action for the Gunners on Monday night - scoring twice against Cardiff City in the FA Cup - after recovering from a broken leg and dislocated ankle sustained from a horrific tackle from Taylor in February 2008. However, Eduardo claims he is yet to receive an apology from the City stopper for threatening to prematurely end his promising career. "Some friends told me he was saying he'd spoken to me, but he never did. I've never met him," he told The Sun. "And someone at Arsenal received an email from him when I played for the reserves at Barnet a short while back and it said he was pleased I was playing again. "I have received lots of mail from other people. I've had around 25,000 emails, from Croatia, Brazil and England, wishing me a speedy recovery and I've had letters by the sackful. But he's never sent anything directly to me." However, Taylor counters that he did attempt to visit Eduardo and apologise immiediately after the incident, but wasn't able to speak to the stricken striker. "After it happened, I just sat in the dressing room," he told the Daily Mail. "It was all a blur. So many things are racing through your mind. I tried to see him in the visitors' dressing-room. But they told me he had gone to hospital, so I couldn't do that. "I went to the hospital on Saturday night. I saw Arsenal's liaison officer there. I'm glad I saw someone from the club but Eduardo was in no fit state to see me then. "I went back again on Sunday morning when he was recovering from the operation. I saw him face-to-face but he was obviously under the influence of a lot of drugs. I don't know whether he was aware I was there or not." And Taylor, who has been monitoring Eduardo's progress ever since that fateful day at St. Andrews, admits his relief and happiness that the Brazilian-born front-man is finally back in action and scoring goals again. "I know in my heart of hearts that it was an accident. A horrible accident. So I wanted to see him playing again. You can never be sure. I was hopeful because of the updates I received from Arsenal. I kept my fingers crossed when he was playing in the reserves. "But there is nothing like that first proper game because you are never quite sure whether you have recovered or not. I had a feeling he would be okay because he'd played for Croatia last week. I think it lifted Arsenal on Monday night and I can understand why." ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter
18 February 2009
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