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McGeady form has Spartak worried

SPARTAK MOSCOW boss Valeri Karpin admits he's concerned about the form of Ireland star Aiden McGeady.

The former Celtic man is enduring a tough time in the Russian league as he's started just one of Spartak's five games since the Russian season resumed last month following a winter break, and even in that game he only lasted 45 minutes as he was replaced at half-time.

Reports have surfaced that McGeady was fined €2,400 by the club for displaying a poor attitude in training, and as McGeady and his club are both struggling -- Spartak have slipped to fifth place in the eight-team Russian league, 12 points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg and are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification -- there are concerns.


"It all depends on his form, only that can get him back into the team," Karpin said of McGeady, a €10million buy from Celtic.

The boss added that he was in the dark about reports that McGeady wanted to return to British football.

"I don't know about any such wish. All I know is that he missed a lot of football when we had our pre-season training camps and maybe it's because of that that he is not in the best of form," said Karpin.

Spartak have seven games left before the Russian league season finishes on May 13, and Giovanni Trapattoni hopes that the winger will get some game-time in before McGeady reports to Dublin next month for the Euro 2012 build-up.