By Harry Sykes

Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko has delivered an injury update to fans shortly after it was announced that he would be out for up to six weeks.

In Celtic’s press conference ahead of the opening games of the Premiership season his manager Brendan Rodgers 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. But we will take it at six weeks, not probably back until September.”

Following the press conference, the 25-year-old centre back took to Twitter to give the fans an update, saying he was “gutted” to miss the opening of the season.

He also added that it was a very straightforward recovery and he was looking to be “back asap”.

Sviatchenko played a big part in Celtic’s successful season last campaign, making 43 appearances across all competitions and scoring one goal in the Premiership.

He joined in January 2016 for just over £2million and would have been expecting to be in the starting XI for the opening match of this season at home to Hearts on Saturday lunchtime

Instead, he’ll have to watch from the stands as his teammates look to go successive seasons without losing a domestic game.

In other Celtic news, BBC pundit makes a bold prediction about the club’s 2017/18 campaign.

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