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Last Updated: Tuesday February 17 2009 14:06 GMT

Eduardo celebrates injury return

Eduardo celebrates a goal for Arsenal

Arsenal striker Eduardo is celebrating after making an amazing comeback from a horrible injury almost a year ago.

Eduardo broke his leg very badly in a Premier League match in February 2008 against Birmingham City, and there were worries he'd never play again.

But he has now made a complete recovery and scored twice in his Gunners comeback match in the FA Cup on Monday.

After the match Eduardo said: "For one year, I worked hard. (It was) the best day of my life."

He added: "Now I know I can play again like before."

Eduardo gets injured playing for Arsenal
Eduardo is injured playing for Arsenal
After bagging his second goal - from the penalty spot - Eduardo ran to celebrate with Arsenal's fitness coach Tony Colbert.

Eduardo said: "He was like my second father. We spent a lot of time together. This goal was special for him."

Eduardo was born in Brazil and moved to Croatia when he was 15 years old. He has played 14 times for Croatia, scoring eight goals.

Although he is best known for playing for Arsenal, he did play his first game since the injury for Croatia in a friendly against Romania on 11 February.

Eduardo celebrates with his fitness coach
Eduardo and Arsenal fitness coach Tony Colbert
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "He's been extremely strong mentally. I've never seen one minute of doubt in his mind, not one minute where he said 'I don't want to do this'.

"He is always wanting more. This guy is small but he has the mental strength of a mountain."