Former €40m Arsenal target scores first goal after six month knee injury lay-off

Eduardo Salvio bagged a goal for SL Benfica against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League last night.

In the summer Arsenal were linked with plenty of players from around the globe - and one such name happened to be that of SL Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio.

The Argentine winger, who had previously been linked with a move to Manchester City and Everton was said to be interesting Arsene Wenger right up until the point his release clause was disclosed - a whopping €40 million.

But if that didn’t end any interest what happened a few weeks later did - as Salvio tore cruciate ligaments in his right knee ruling him out of action for an undetermined period of time.

The estimate of six months has however proven to be about right - and Salvio recently begun to return to first-team action.

He played his first game since the injury as a second half substitute against Vitoria Guimares at the end of February and has continued to play the odd minute here or there as he slowly steps up his recovery process.

But last night saw Jorge Jesus throw him in at the deep end - and he did not disappoint.

He scored the only goal in the Europa League tie against Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar to give the Portuguese side a realistic chance of progressing to the semi-finals of the competition.

He said of the game and playing 90 minutes again:

“It felt good to play 90 minutes. [The goal] It meant a lot. Was a goal with a good feeling and it was beautiful to score again after such a serious injury.”

Here is the goal - as Salvio continues to recover and prove his massive worth…

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