Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dispelled new concerns regarding the fitness of striker Eduardo da Silva by declaring the Croatian fit for his side’s home clash with Portsmouth on Saturday. The front-man was ruled out of the Gunners' Champion’s League clash with Celtic on Tuesday night after suffering a groin injury during the warm-up. After a dogged 12 months on the treatment table following a broken leg and dislocated ankle, Eduardo’s return to form has been hampered by a string of niggling injuries. But the Frenchman has insisted that the goal-getter's new injury was merely minor, and that his omission from Tuesday's starting line-up was precautionary. "Eduardo had a tight groin in the warm-up and he felt he could not play," he told Arsenal TV Online. "He had no power and we had to change quickly.” Eduardo’s fitness is a big boost for the Gunners ahead of a busy fixture schedule which includes visits from Portsmouth and Celtic before a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United a week on Saturday. Portsmouth visit the Emirates Stadium this weekend having lost their first two Premier League encounters, and Eduardo’s return to action should help to safeguard Arsenal’s perfect start to the season. "Eduardo I believe will be back in contention but Theo Walcott will not be back at all," Wenger added. "There is a slight concern but we believe it is a question of days and not of weeks. "It is always difficult to set a date. I thought he would be available for Celtic, I thought he would be available for Everton, but he wasn't. That's why we will be cautious." 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
21 August 2009
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