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Rovers confident Stewart will be fit for Juventus

EUROPEAN hero Thomas Stewart should be fit for Thursday's Europa League clash with Juventus despite picking up a knock in Shamrock Rovers' 3-3 draw with Sporting Fingal yesterday.

Stewart earned Rovers that dream meeting with Juventus by scoring the winning goal away to Bnei Yehuda in the last round but then he was taken off at half time at Fingal yesterday and was a concern for the return leg in Modena.

"We're pretty positive that Tommy will be available for Thursday. If there is any risk we'll keep him back, with Sunday and the Bohemians game in mind," said O'Neill, who admits that the Hoops are in the market for a new striker as the club have been linked with a move for Neale Fenn.

The former Bohemians and Cork City man left Dundalk last week, stating that he had retired from the game, but reports around Dundalk suggest that the 33-year-old will have a change of heart on retirement and may sign for Rovers, though Dundalk may feel aggrieved if they released the player from his contract for personal reasons and then saw him sign for a rival club.

"If Neale Fenn is a free agent then it has nothing to do with us. He is a free agent and that is the bottom line," said O'Neill.

"I am interested in signing a striker, there is no secret about that. And there is a limit on the number of strikers that are available and who are free agents which obviously they have to be at this time to sign outside the window.

"As to whether it is Neale Fenn or not, that is irrelevant to us. If the player is a free agent then he is eligible to sign for us by our understanding of the rule, I don't think we are exploiting anybody."