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Best of luck to Eduardo

I have literally just got home from the Pompey game, its been a bloody long day, but a cracking day on the whole - shame about the game, but at least we won! - so I will go into this more tomorrow, but one thing has been the focus of a lot of attention, talk and debate today... and that is what appears to be a horrific career ending injury to Arsenal striker Eduardo.

Much like the situation with Gazza this week, I know this issue does not concern Pompey in many ways despite plenty of links between Pompey and Arsenal over the years, but I do think there is a good relationship between to two clubs and the fans, not to mention the fact that my youngest brother is an Arsenal fan - so clearly I have an interest in Arsenal - so I was very saddened to hear of his most probable career ending injury?

I did not see the game, just tiny parts of it whilst in the Brewers prior to our game - the pub erupted when Arsenal came from behind to go ahead though - but virtually everyone that you came across mentioned it, and those that did see it say is was really bad, bad enough for the TV cameras not to replay it...

I do not care who the player is, or who he plays for I do not like to see horrific injuries like this, or wish them upon anyone no mater how good or bad they are, and in all fairness there are few better than Eduardo.

Some of the horrific things that go in the world and so on do put football into perspective and although you cannot really use this as an excuse to justify the money that is paid to footballers in a small way it does show just how short a career could be, and this looks like being the case now for this most talented of Croatian footballers with a truly outstanding goalscoring record and a ratio of goals to shots that few can better.

I sincerely do wish the fella all the best of luck and do hope that he can make a complete recovery but the early signs are - going on what I have been told and what Arsene Wenger has apparently said - that his career is on hold indefinitely, but more than likely over...


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Date:Sunday February 24 2008

Time: 12:30AM

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Cheers Pompey. Its indeed a horrific injury, pics on the internet show a break and is not nice viewing, to put it mildly. Lets hope this is not career ending (still waiting for reports on that) coz this guy is a talented footballer, and has the right attitude as well. Respects the opponents, and the ref, and plays football in the right spirit. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery.
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24/02/2008 00:38:00

Thanks rug, it's good to know there are genuine footy fans out there. It's a horrible thing to happen, I remember feeling sympathy for Jimmy Bullard in a similar situation. Let's hope for Eddie's sake that he gets to play again!!!!
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24/02/2008 01:37:00

This is very nice of you Pompeyrug. You guys are very decent and friendly people. It's really good to see some football fans like you and your fellow Pompey fans. It'll take a long time but Eduardo's made of strong stuff. He went from Brazil to Croatia alone at 15, made his name there and came to grace our club. He'll stay strong and get well with the help of the medical people and our support.
Lou the Gunneress
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24/02/2008 02:22:00

Thanks so much for your concern for Eduardo. It's one of the only things that has made my heart feel lighter after today. The fact that Football Clubs can come together and support players (regardless of their team) when something like this happens is tremendous. This is the way it should be. Portsmouth should really be proud of their fans. My sincerest thanks to you and your Club.
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24/02/2008 02:42:00

Eduardo didn't deserve something like this...he is great player, great personality...he is so normal person...everybody loves him..from him you never listen some bad words about anything... great great boy... Now Croatia is without DUDU on European Campi.. I wish him speed recovery.
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24/02/2008 07:35:00

Good shout Rug - Obviously I didn't see it as it happened in real time as I was in the pub with you !.. but the missus and I watched it on Match of Day and replayed it, paused it, freeze framed it etc.. just to see how bad it was and boy, it aint nice ... I think the facial reactions from Cesc and Helb said it all ....Wish Eduardo all the best for a recovery. On a different tact I 'm gald Arsene has retracted the statement he made after the game (although I think I would have said a lot worse in the heat of the moment) I don't think Martin Taaylor would wish that kind of injury on anybody and also he must be feeling pretty crap himself this morning.. I just hope this doesn't turn into a Wengar (for his comments) or Taylor (for his tackle) witchhunt - Yeah Taylor was late and his studs were up but no way did he mean for that to happen.... Also one last point I thought the referee dealt wth the situation really well.. although I think it affected the rest of his game.. as it did the gunners too..
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24/02/2008 08:08:00

Well done Rug. We wish Eduardo a speedy recovery & good luck to our 'feeder club' for the rest of the season.
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24/02/2008 09:16:00

i saw a replay of it, eduardo is one of my favourite players as well and im shattered that he would be missing the euro 2008 championships but the main thing is for him 2 get better and i wish him a speedy recovery even if it is after euro 2008
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24/02/2008 09:17:00

wish him a speedyrecovery, and hope he can get back to football. feel very sorry for him, croatia and arsenal - it looked very nasty on the cameras.
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24/02/2008 10:06:00

Eduardo will be missed on the prem stage, from what I have seen it was quick feet that did for him, I honestly don't think Martin Taylor meant to do him, but Eduardos skill moved the ball away and his leg took the brunt of the force, hope he comes back the same player
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24/02/2008 10:19:00

not the same player paul but even better :)
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24/02/2008 12:38:00

Yep, good luck dudu mate.
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24/02/2008 15:10:00

thank god it wasnt croatisa best player. and i hate to see breaks, iv been put off harsh tackles ever since the luc nillis tackle, that i happened to see a picture of at the age of 8 or something like that. eduardos was a total accident (obviously), but i cant believe after an injury like that, the game was allowed to go on! it obviously affected the arsenal players who saw it (fabregas, hleb, adebayor) so why carry on, theres no way that their minds are gonna be on the game!
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24/02/2008 18:36:00

Arsenal fan and a Pompy simpatizer here... I'm from Croatia and the official news here is that he broke just his fibula, and that tibia is just dislocated. That means that he could be playing football in 6 months time. No more talk about career ending injury! I'm sooooooo relived couse of that! Get back soon and stronger DUDU!
Dennis da Silva
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24/02/2008 20:54:00

best news i have heard today
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25/02/2008 02:41:00


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