"Martin is distraught about the lad's injury. It's certainly not in Martin Taylor's make-up at all to commit a malicious tackle," the Blues boss said.
"I've seen the challenge and, yes, the studs land on Eduardo's ankle. In slow motion these tackles always look bad, but he's not a malicious player, Eduardo was just too quick for him."
However, angry Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger begged to differ: "The tackle was horrendous and this guy should never play football again. That kind of tackle was waiting to happen to one of our players.
"I've seen some bad ones, but they're not always punished with broken legs. You cannot accept that on a football pitch.
"It was a massive shock for the team. Eduardo is a fantastic guy and for the players to see him in such pain and to see his leg in such a shape had an effect.
"His injury is very, very bad. More than his season is over."