Brendan Rodgers delivers fitness update ahead of Champions League
By Emma Sanders
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Jozo Simunovic will not be playing against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening, and revealed why his defensive star is missing.
The Celtic defender is still recovering from his side’s 1-0 victory against Aberdeen on Saturday according to Rodgers and he would not be able to play another game just three days afterwards.
The Hoops return to Champions League action on Tuesday evening but Rodger has insisted it would be foolish for Celtic to risk playing Simunovic.
“Jozo is just one where he has had long-term injury issues. It is about being careful because he is a very young player,” Rodgers said in The Daily Record.
“He could not have done it. He’s still recovering from the game at the weekend and that’s the nature of his injury. We have to nurture him through this period.”
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The 22-year-old has suffered from a recurring knee injury and medical staff have been monitoring his rehabilitation since Saturday.
According to the report, Rodgers has been told Simunovic will be unable to play two games in a week and following Saturday’s victory, the Celtic boss is not taking any chances.
Kolo Toure has also been ruled out with a groin injury, and Kieran Tierney is out with a long-term injury, so Celtic may have to endure some major defensive reshuffling for their Champions League clash.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has delivered this message ahead of the crunch clash on Tuesday evening.