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Monday, 5 June, 2000, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Petit in injury scare
Emmanuel Petit
Petit: Picked up injury in Hassan II tournament
France midfielder Emmanuel Petit could be in danger of missing the start of Euro 2000 after picking up a back injury in the penalty shoot-out win against Japan on Sunday.

The Arsenal star seemed to be in distress at the end of the match, won 4-2 on penalties by France after the scores were locked at 2-2 at full-time in the Hassan II tournament clash in Casablanca.

The World Cup-winner said he was injured in the opening minutes of the match: "Right at the start of the match I fell badly on my back.

"Then right at the end of the match when I went to head the ball I felt a crick in my neck. Since then it has been hurting. I don't know if it is a vertebra or a rib."

No diagnosis was immediately available, but Euro 2000 rules allow a player to be added to a squad before 10 June should a medically certified injury rule a player out.

Emmanuel Petit
Laid low: The injury could put Petit out of Euro 2000
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old seems likely to remain at Arsenal next season despite reports linking him with other clubs.

"My contract with Arsenal runs for the next three years and there is no reason for not staying there," he said.

A number of reports last season suggested Petit was unhappy in the English game and wanted a transfer.

My contract with Arsenal runs for the next three years and there is no reason for not staying there

Emmanuel Petit

"If something comes up maybe I will consider the opportunity to go but I won't do anything to trigger a transfer now. My first goal is to have a good European Championship," he said.

During his time at Arsenal, Petit has won the League and FA Cup Double as well as scoring the third goal in France's 3-0 World Cup final win over Brazil in 1998.

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