Alan Smith has voiced his support for Eduardo da Silva after the Arsenal striker suffered a broken leg against Birmingham at the weekend.
The Croatian is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being caught by a mis-timed Martin Taylor challenge, but Smith has offered the Croatian hope of making a full recovery.
Smith broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in an FA Cup game for Manchester United against Liverpool in 2006, but returned to action seven months later.
Now at Newcastle, Smith has made 24 appearances in the Premier League this season and believes his injury worries are firmly behind him.
He told Sky Sports News: "I can understand what Eduardo's going through. I think everyone in football realised at the time how bad an injury it was.
"Most people have come out and sent their best wishes to Eduardo and Arsenal and hopefully they can get him back fit and playing football again in the near future.
"My main aim this season was to play as much football as possible. I've managed to do that and stay clear of any reoccurrence of any injury or any adverse effect in other areas.
"It's difficult. Normally when you come back you do break down with other injuries but I've been okay and I' m looking forward to the rest of the season and picking up a few results."