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Giovanella feels the strain

Published: Thursday 19 February 2004, 17.10CET
RC Celta de Vigo midfielder Giovanella is out of the tie against Arsenal FC.

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Published: Thursday 19 February 2004, 17.10CET

Giovanella feels the strain

RC Celta de Vigo midfielder Giovanella is out of the tie against Arsenal FC.
The RC Celta de Vigo midfield player Giovanella has strained a muscle in his right leg which will rule him out of both legs of the UEFA Champions League knockout tie against Arsenal FC.

Regular slot
The 33-year-old Brazilian played just twice in the group stage but has moved from the periphery to a regular place in the Celta midfield in recent weeks, playing every minute of their last five matches. "It's always a shame to pick up an injury like this," said Giovanella, who is expected to be sidelined for three weeks.

'Special games'
"It has come at a time when I was starting to play more games. It's disappointing to miss a Champions League tie because they are very special, but these things happen in football and you can't dwell on them," he added. Celta are at home to Arsenal next Tuesday before travelling to London for the return at Highbury on 10 March.

Hopes revived
After struggling in the first part of the Primera División season, Celta have experienced a mini-revival under new coach Radomir Antic, winning their last two games to move four points clear of the relegation zone. Celta are at home to Málaga CF on Saturday.

Last updated: 20/02/04 10.11CET

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