Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Eduardo denied permission by Arsenal to spend his recovery in Zagreb
The secretary of the Croatian Football Federation, Zorislav Srebric, is in London where, together with the president of the federation, Vlatko Markovic, visited Eduardo in hospital.
According to Srebric, Eduardo is very positive and, significantly, is not at all depressed.
“I saw a lot of strength and optimism in him. There is no sign of depression. He is the one who is holding his family together with his optimism. I have seen all sorts of injuries and the change of behaviour they cause, but a faith like Eduardo has, I have never seen” said Srebric for Hrvatski Radio.
This is also confirmed by Eduardo’s wife Andrea who said that Eduardo was calmer than them:
“He was quite calm. We still have not recovered from it all, the entire family is in stress. He is perhaps calmer than we were. He immediately asked for his daughter Lorena”
Srebric did reveal that it was Eduardo’s wish to spend his recuperating period back home in Zagreb with Stanislav Peharc as his doctor. Arsenal however will not allow such a thing and Dudu will spend the 9 months of his recovery in London.
“It is understandable that Arsenal does not want to let him go just like that. The most important thing is that Eduardo stays where he will have optimal conditions to recover” said Srebric.
However the President of the Croatian Football Association Vlatko Markovic said Eduardo and his family will be guests of the Croatian football team at the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.
“Let me say right away that he and his family will be our honourary guests in the Austrian camp”
In the meantime, Andrea’s parents Zvonko and Jadranka will now stay in London to take care of Lorena so Andrea could spend as much time with Eduardo as possible.
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