Arsenal striker Eduardo has ended his silence and revealed he will forgive Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor for the controversial tackle that broke his leg.
Eduardo says he has not received an apology from the embattled centre-half, the unwilling eye of the media storm that has raged since his tackle landed the Croatian in hospital, but says that Taylor did come to see him in hospital in Birmingham.
Eduardo is expected to be out for around nine months and Taylor has not played since having been sent off for the challenge, although both are on the comeback trail.
"Apology? There has been no apology. How can I accept an apology if I haven’t seem him or spoken to him?" Eduardo said. "I think he came to the hospital, but I did not see him. My wife told me that he came to see me while I was having the operation and someone pointed out Taylor to her at the hospital.
"Maybe he was there when I was unconscious but I certainly did not see him that day. But if he comes to me now then I will accept an apology. I am a son of God so I will accept an apology."
Despite the harrowing nature of the injury, Eduardo’s spirits are high and the striker has confirmed he is no longer in pain and is able to do more day by day.
"I feel much better, the worst is behind me, I don’t feel more pain," he said. "I just want to move on. My days have been spent at home watching films and playing with my daughter. But I am doing more things each day. There are new challenges each day. I go to the Arsenal training ground. I am here at the hotel, just getting out a bit more."
Eduardo also paid tribute to his Arsenal team mate Gilberto Silva who helped the Croatian international as he lay on the St Andrew’s pitch. "
"Gilberto helped me a lot," said Eduardo. "At the time I was in panic and could not really speak or say anything, let alone try to speak English.
"I don’t remember much, not much at all. I never really saw my foot dislocated. As soon as I realised I looked the other way and just lay there, nervous, scared and never looked down again. There wasn’t so much pain at the time, less than a twist it was just the feeling of panic."