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Friday, 16 June, 2000, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Semb not worried by Flo drought
Norway celebrate
Norway will be hoping for yet more success
Norwegian coach Nils Johan Semb has dismissed reports that Tore Andre Flo's place is under threat ahead of Sunday's match with Yugoslavia.

Flo was replaced by John Carew during the 1-0 victory over Spain and he has now not scored in his last 560 minutes of international football.

His record for his country of 21 goals in 49 matches remains an impressive one and Semb says the Chelsea man still has a big part to play.

Semb said: "He is an important player in my plans and he gives the squad a lot and also our way of playing.

"I am not worried by this. The result of the team counts and it does not matter too much who scores the goals."

Flo: in search of a goal
Having seen the 10 men of Yugoslavia fightback from three goals down in their opening match, Semb knows he can expect just about anything from Sunday's opponents.

"They have some outstanding individual players, but they are an unpredictable team to plan for - it is certainly easier to prepare for a game against Spain than it is to prepare to play Yugoslavia."

Selection poser

Semb will not announce his line-up until shortly before the game but the replacement of the injured Henning Berg, probably by Dan Eggen, may not be the only change made.

"I have two or three thoughts in my mind and, of course, I am thinking about making changes, but I will not be making any decisions yet."

Semb: pondering changes
Berg will miss Norway's final two group games and the chances of him returning should Norway reach the quarter-finals remain slim.

His recovery is being aided by new anti-inflammatory drugs from Sweden that enable him to take a higher dosage.

Norway's squad doctor Lars Engebretsen said "He is not limping any more and that is already a good sign.

"The medicine works well -- it is a new generation of this kind of drug and not yet available in Norway. That is why I asked some of my Swedish colleagues if I could have some."

Berg, who is cycling, swimming and undergoing physiotherapy in a bid to regain his fitness admits the treatment is having a positive effect.

"The tests are better than I expected them to be and I am making progress," said Berg.

"There is a slim chance I could play in the quarter-finals, but whatever happens I am not going to go home. I am going to stay through the tournament in case the coach needs me."

Meanwhile Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has denied reports that the Elland Road club have made a 12 million bid for Tottenham's Norwegian striker Steffen Iversen.

Iversen's agent Erik Soler admitted that "Champions League clubs" had shown an interest in the 23-year-old with Leeds thought to be among them.

But Ridsdale hit back by saying: "I can definitely say we have not made a bid to Tottenham for Steffen Iversen."

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