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Collin SamuelCollin Samuel looks to be facing a frantic transatlantic dash if he is to make St Johnstone’s opening SPL fixture against Motherwell.

Samuel is almost certain to be called up for Trinidad and Tobago’s make-or- break World Cup qualifier with El Salvador which is being staged just three days before the top-flight curtain-raiser.

The former Dundee United man had fallen out of the international picture, but following the appointment of Russell Latapy as national coach his 15-month exile was ended by inclusion in the squad for close- season qualifying losses at the hands of Costa Rica (3-2) and Mexico (2-1), scoring in the former.

He appears highly likely to retain his place as T&T seek to keep their slight South Africa 2010 hopes alive.

“We still have a chance at the moment but the next game, against El Salvador at home on August 12, is one we definitely have to win,” said Samuel.

“If we lose or even draw that’ll be it, so I expect Russell will pick his strongest squad.

“Our first game here is the 15th so I don’t know how it will work out.

“But I have done this before, playing on the Wednesday and coming back to Scotland to play Saturday, when I was at Dundee United.

“There’s no point concerning myself about the situation just now. I’ll have to wait and see if I’m selected by Trinidad and Tobago.

“But if I am then I’ll have to work out how I can best play for my country and club because I would definitely want to be involved in both games.”