PARMA, Italy - Hapoel Tel Aviv landed in Italy yesterday and made its way from Bologna to Parma last night after completing its preparations at Bloomfield earlier in the day.
The club is in the northern Italian city for the UEFA Cup fourth-round, second-leg tie against Parma. The first leg against the Italians last week ended in a goalless draw.
Yossi Abuksis did not train with his teammates, but according to club doctor Moshe Levinkopf, he should be fit for tomorrow evening's match.
Striker Sergei Clescenco is a more worrisome case and the doctor said his chances of playing were far slimmer. Clescenco had a light workout but a pulled hamstring will probably leave him on the sidelines for the match.
On the Italian side, Parma captain Fabio Canavaro is almost certain to miss tomorrow's clash, according to team officials.
Canavaro, who did not play in the first leg at Bloomfield last week, was in action in the 3-2 Serie A win over Piacenza on Sunday where he again injured himself in the leg. Parma coach Pietor Carmigniani seems unlikely to want to risk his player in the UEFA Cup, and will prefer to save him for the weekend league clash with Chievo.
The Parma lineup will probably be similar the one fielded at Bloomfield as Carmigniani leaves Marco Di Vaio and Hakan Sukur on the bench and will only use his two danger men if necessary.
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