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Catanha bound for Russia

RC Celta de Vigo striker Catanha is joining Russian club FC Krylya Sovetov Samara on a long-term loan.

RC Celta de Vigo striker Catanha has passed a medical and will join FC Krylya Sovetov Samara on a long-term loan deal, reportedly until June 2006.

Marbella unveiling
"The contract with Catanha will be signed on 7 February," the Russian Premier-Liga club confirmed. Catanha, who is Brazilian-born but has won three caps for Spain, will be officially unveiled on the same day in the Spanish town of Marbella where Krylya Sovetov are starting a pre-season camp.

Groin injury
Catanha, who has two and a half years of his Celta contract still to run, has found it difficult to break back into the Celta side since suffering a groin injury in September. Although the loan with Krylya Sovetov runs until 2006, Celta will be able to recall him if needed.