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Eduardo's return in photos

Eduardo is applauded by the crowd at the Emirates Stadium back in March last year

Eduardo suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle while playing against Birmingham in February 2008

Eduardo shakes hands with the Cardiff  players on Monday night

There were fears his career could be in jeopardy but almost a year later, Eduardo makes his first-team return against Cardiff

Eduardo celebrates Arsenal's opener

Eduardo looks sharp despite the lay-off and after just 20 minutes he heads home to put Arsenal 1-0 up in the FA Cup fourth-round replay

Eduardo plants a kiss on Carlos Vela

The emotion and relief is palpable as Eduardo's team-mates rush to join in the celebrations at the Emirates Stadium

Eduardo takes his 60th-minute penalty

The Croatian striker gets the chance to double his tally from the spot when he is fouled in the box by Gavin Rae on the hour

Eduardo wheels away after his second goal

The penalty kick is coolly despatched into the left-hand corner and the celebrations begin again

Eduardo hugs Tony Colbert

And Arsenal fitness coach Tony Colbert, who worked so hard on Eduardo's rehabilitation, gets a special hug in the stands

Eduardo and Arsene Wenger

Eduardo is substituted on 67 minutes after a fairytale comeback and is greeted by manager Arsene Wenger as he leaves the pitch

Emmanuel Adebayor greets Eduardo in the stands

Eduardo, who describes the match as "the best day of my life", is also congratulated by Emmanuel Adebayor after a job well done

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Arsenal 4-0 Cardiff
16 Feb 09 |  FA Cup

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