Eduardo da Silva has revealed he remembers little about the incident which saw him suffer a broken leg following a tackle by Martin Taylor during Birmingham City's 2-2 draw with Arsenal at St Andrew's.
The Croatia striker, who has his 25th birthday today, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and will miss Euro 2008 but insists he is "determined to overcome this injury."
Taylor was immediately sent off following the incident in the third minute of the game at St Andrew's provoking a ferocious response from Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger who said the Birmingham defender should never play again - although he later retracted his heat-of-the-moment comments.
Eduardo told Arsenal's official website: "I don't remember the incident very well and it is not something that I want to see again, on television or in the newspapers.
"All I remember is that when I fell, I looked down at my foot and it had turned the other way. The rest is just a blank. It was an unfortunate situation, but these things can happen in football. My concentration and determination is now on making as quick a recovery as possible. I am determined to overcome this injury."
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said everyone at the club would rally behind under-fire Taylor over his tackle.
The defender was visibly shaken after the game but he received the backing of his manager who said: "Taylor is strong enough to come back from that. He is absolutely gutted about it.
"Eduardo was just too quick for him at that moment. I didn't think it was a malicious tackle. We will give Martin support. Most people in the game know Martin and I am sure he will get the support of everyone because he is hurting at the moment.
"I would like to think it wouldn't affect him. He has made the challenge and Martin would always go for the ball honestly. It looked bad from the Arsenal point of view but we are talking about a guy who is an honest professional.
"He has come down on his ankle with his studs and his standing foot is in the turf and that can make the injury much worse which it has done.
"Arsenal are feeling a bit angry about the whole thing at the moment, so we will let the dust die before we make any reasoned approaches, but Martin would definitely like to see Eduardo. We will wait and see.
"I can understand when a player's studs make contact with a leg above the boot, it can cause damage. Even raised boots in the game, when someone goes to kick the ball, is an offence these days and that is why it does look bad for Martin."
McLeish, who was a tough-tackling centre-half during his playing days with Aberdeen, said the pace of the modern game was a contributory factor in some of the injuries inflicted in recent years.
"The speed of the game now means things like that can happen. I think it was unfortunate. For me, it was just a mistimed tackle and bad luck on the day."
The Birmingham boss also rejected Wenger's claim that Blues adopted strong-arm tactics and that the general belief in the Premier League was that you had to kick Arsenal to stop them.
"I would love to be hearing from everyone that we are a real physical team because we would have dealt with games like Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers much better than we have done," he said.
"Those were two games where we were bullied and messed around and sometimes we are a little bit soft, but we are a young side and we are not the most physical side in terms of presence.
"We don't have a lot of big players, which is another reason why I brought Martin Taylor back into the side.
"The incident will overshadow our performance. It is another good point. We played well again and what was all the more remarkable about it was we did it with ten men for 87 minutes. We produced a real hard-working performance.
"We went forward with intelligence at times, which was very pleasing to see. It was very pleasing to see the players showing that tactical awareness."