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Arsenal may be handed a huge boost in three week's time when Eduardo da Silva could return from injury ahead of schedule. The Croatia international suffered a horrific leg injury following a challenge by Birmingham's Martin Taylor in February which was expected to keep him on the sidelines until Christmas. But boss Arsene Wenger has revelaed he could be back in action by the middle of next month.

Eduardo suffered a fractured left leg and open dislocation of his ankle in the tackle which forced him to miss his adopted country's Euro 2008 campaign after being their top scorer in the qualifiers.

"Eduardo is three weeks away from playing competitive football," Wenger told Arsenal's website.

The news on Tomas Rosicky is not so promising. The Czech international, who has been out of action since the FA Cup victory over Newcastle at the end of January, will not be fit again until the New Year with a hamstring injury now troubling him.

Wenger, meanwhile, feels his young Arsenal side are not "getting the support they deserve'' from their own fans or the media.

He reiterated his view when addressing shareholders at Arsenal's Annual General Meeting this morning.

"You are all very quiet, a little bit like the game on Saturday. It is a recession mood, but it will not last, do not worry,'' Wenger joked as he took the microphone.

"The structure of our team is fantastic, but very young. That means that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. I believe we are at a stage where this season we are close to deliver, and it is my job to do that.

"Last year were very close to winning the championship, finishing just four points behind Manchester United. We were really unlucky at a difficult part of the season. Having led for so long, it was very disappointing.

"But today when you have such a young team, you have to be intelligent. Instead of showing resentment, we have to believe in our team, more than ever because this team will deliver. But the younger you are, the more you need support and the belief in the quality of these young players. I ask you as well to be proud of them and to show your support.

"I am personally very proud, and believe this team needs a strong guide to go through difficult periods, because at the moment I do not feel that either from the media or our supporters that this team gets the support that it deserves.

"That is why I think they need a stronger guide than ever and I want to get this team to deliver not next year, but this year.''


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