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Ex-Arsenal star Eduardo asked: 'Have you had many injuries?'

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva took part in a fascinating interview on behalf of current club Shakhtar.

For followers of the Premier League, the lasting image of Eduardo da Silva's stay at Arsenal will remain the above one - stretchered off against Birmingham.

He recovered from his broken leg eventually, but was not the freescoring striker he was before the injury, and departed Arsenal to reinvigorate his career.

The Croatian international has been at Shakhtar Donetsk ever since, now 31, and has struck 10 goals this season for the Ukrainians.

Ahead of the club's cup semi-final this weekend, he sat down to answer questions from journalists and fans, and there was a quite uninformed question he was posed.

Shakhtar's official site recounts how Eduardo was quizzed: 'Have you had many injuries?'

There was no awkward silence from the striker however, who responded: "A great many! Thank God, it's all in the past. And you should know that if you play football, you will always suffer some injuries. Even minor ones, but you will have them."

Eduardo went onto talk about various other aspects of his personality and career. He described Lionel Messi as the player he most admired, and revealed, "Had I not become a football player, I would have probably been an economist."

He has won three titles and three cups at Shakhtar, but faces an uncertain future. His contract expires in June and he is free to negotiate to move as a free agent, yet he was unwilling to divulge any plans he may have: "I think it's better not to talk about it at the moment. Let's wait until the contract expires, and then we'll see."

Will we see him back in England, who knows. But if he is willing to give himself a second shot, there may well be one or two teams happy to help him re-write his personal story in the Premier League.

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