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By ESPN Staff

Edu remains upbeat despite new injury setback

MADRID, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Valencia's Brazilian midfielder Edu says he is trying to stay positive despite facing a six-month lay-off after suffering his second cruciate ligament injury in a little over a year.

'It's an injury that requires a lot of hard work every day during the recovery period, but I have to be strong and I will do all I can to ensure that I come back,' the 28-year-old told reporters after the confirmation of his injury.

The former Arsenal player tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after turning awkwardly in the closing minutes of his side's 3-0 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday.

He was out for seven months last season after suffering the same injury in his left knee during a training session in August last year.

'I knew it was serious when it happened and I felt terrible,' he said. 'I was very upset in the evening, but the next day I woke up together with my children and now I'm more positive.

'Now all I am focusing on is the operation and recovering as soon as possible.'

Edu will undergo surgery in Rio de Janeiro and remain in Brazil for most of the recovery period before returning to Valencia for the final stages of his recuperation.