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Eduardo relishing return

Gunners striker poised to return to action for Croatia

Eduardo: Looking forward

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Arsenal striker Eduardo is in confident mood ahead of his first top-level appearance since his horror injury.

Eduardo is set to feature for Croatia against Romania on Wednesday night, almost a year after he suffered a broken fibula and dislocated ankle in the Gunners' draw against Birmingham City last season.

The 25-year-old has been steadily working his way back to fitness and is now focused on ensuring he makes a 'safe' return to action.

"I am well and over the past two weeks I have worked very hard in training," he told Arsenal's official website.

Focus

"I have spoken to the manager and he says I need a few more games with the reserves, so there is still a little way to go.

"The game for Croatia will help me but I am doing all I can, training as much as possible.

"It is just a matter of getting games now, getting fit and getting back into the squad.

"I am very patient but sometimes I do wonder when the right time is going to come. However, that is only normal.

"I have got to get my focus right, getting onto the pitch again and helping the club, repaying the faith in the people who have had so much faith in me."

Careful

Of his recent training sessions at Arsenal, he added: "No-one is really going in for hard challenges, but at the same time it is important they did not make it any easier for me and I think they achieved that," he said.

"They found a balance between not being too hard and also not being too soft on me.

"The more tackles I get, the less hesitant I feel, so in that way I am really feeling a lot better than before."