O'Neill upbeat over Petrov

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is optimistic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov will not require surgery on his dislocated shoulder.

Petrov suffered the setback during the Peace Cup clash with Atlante in mid-week and immediately flew home to undergo treatment but O'Neill is hoping the Bulgarian can play on with the problem on a game-to-game basis.

O'Neill said: "The news initially is pleasing although it's still an injury which can cause you an awful lot of problems. At this moment, we are hopeful it might settle down and he can play with it. We would then monitor it on a game-to-game basis."

He added: "We were concerned that he might have needed an operation, which could have kept him out for four months. That would have been a major blow.

"At this moment, we are reasonably happy with it but we will see how it goes. He isn't out of the woods yet."

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