By Abigail Withey 

Celtic have been dealt a sunstantial injury blow as centre-back Erik Sviatchenko has been ruled out for six weeks meaning he will miss the opening matches of the Premiership in addition to the Champions League play-offs.

The 25-year-old picked up a nasty knee injury during the Hoops’ victory over Rosenburg during the Champions League qualifiers last Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until September at the earliest.

The Denmark international’s ligament problem will mean that he’ll be unable to face Hearts, Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock in the Premiership in addition to sitting out both play-off legs against Kazakhstan outfit Astana in a few weeks.

Manager Brendan Rodgers spoke about the unfortunate injury news during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

He said: “We’ve just had his results so he will probably be up to about six weeks, which is disappointing.”

“It could have been worse,” he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. “But we will take it at six weeks, not probably back until September.”

The defender joins fellow absentee Dedryck Boyata, who is also out until September with a knee injury, and will hope to return to action as soon as possible in order to help his side retain their domestic treble.

During his debut season with the club the centre-back flourished and became and integral part of the squad after he made 43 appearances throughout all competitions where he managed to also secure a goal and one assist.

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