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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 August, 2004, 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK
O'Neill positive on Petrov
Petrov is carried off on Sunday
Petrov is carried off on Sunday
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill is confident Stilian Petrov will not be out of action for long after he was stretchered off against Motherwell.

O'Neill was pleased with his side's 2-0 win but the injury to the Bulgarian midfielder had threatened to overshadow the result.

"He was carried off as a precaution and he is in better spirits now than he was at the end of the game," said O'Neill.

"He went over on his ankle and we will scan it but we hope he will be OK."

Celtic face Spurs on Tuesday evening in a friendly and O'Neill is likely to give French trialist Charles-Edouard Coridon a run-out in that game.

"He looks a decent player in training but we're just having a look," added O'Neill.

Celtic have also been linked with Middlesbrough forward Juninho, but O'Neill was non-committal over a move for the Brazilian.

"I've been looking to strengthen the side and I will continue to do so right up until the August deadline, and it's only fair that I try to do this because we're embarking on a Champions League which will be exceptionally difficult," he said.

"But no, I wouldn't say it was at an advanced stage. Let me put it this way, there's no signing imminent."

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