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Wenger: Eduardo will cope

26 March 2010 07:34
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Eduardo will have to overcome a mental barrier on his first return to Birmingham City since suffering a horrific injury. The Croatia striker spent 12 months on the sidelines after he was left fighting for his career with a broken leg and dislocated ankle following a clumsy tackle from Blues defender Martin Taylor during a 2-2 draw between the sides back in February 2008. The Gunners return to St Andrew's for the first time since that fateful day on Saturday and Wenger believes Eduardo will have some personal demons to conquer. However, he has backed his six-goal frontman to cope with the emotions of the day. "It will certainly have a weight in his mind," explained the Frenchman. "That is part of a career as well, to show you have that mental strength to deal with those kind of situations and Eduardo has a lot of mental strength - he can deal with that. "Overall we want him to come back there and just win our game. That is the only way you can deal with that situation."

Source: ESA