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Eduardo makes return from injury

Eduardo played 45 minutes for Arsenal's reserves at Underhill

Arsenal striker Eduardo returned to competitive action in a reserve game against Portsmouth on Tuesday.

The Croatian, 25, played the first half against Portsmouth reserves at Barnet's Underhill ground.

"I am feeling very happy to have started my first game in 10 months," he said afterwards.

"I hope I can do more and that next time will be better. I just felt something in my hamstring but in two weeks I will be all right."

There had been fears for Eduardo's career when he suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle on 23 February.

He was injured when tackled by Birmingham's Martin Taylor during the 2-2 draw at St Andrews.

Eduardo, who had surgery on the same day, missed the remainder of the season and the European Championship but has been undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme that included spells in his native Brazil.

Arsenal boss Wenger said last week: "He is joining in full training matches but needs games now."

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