Celtic defender ruled out for weeks after latest injury blow - confirmed
By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Jozo Simunovic will spend a “few weeks” on the sidelines after a suffering a fresh blow earlier this week that ruled him out of the loss at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Simunovic, 23, has been plagued by injuries in his time at Celtic Park, but suffered his latest blow while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina when he tore his hamstring.
The Hoops were hopeful that he would return in time to play against Bayern, but it sees his issue is worse than first thought.
The defender has been Rodgers’ most reliable centre-back option this season with injuries also forcing Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko into the treatment room, leaving Celtic desperate for cover the centre of defence.
Mikael Lustig, Kristoffer Ajer, Kieran Tierney and Nir Bitton have all been called upon to play at centre-back at times due to the injury crisis that has threatened to derail the Hoops’ chances of keeping alive their unbeaten domestic run.
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Now, Rodgers has confirmed that he is awaiting more information on Simunovic’s latest blow.
When speaking about the Bosnian defender, Rodgers was quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter account on Friday as saying: “A repeat of what he had before so probably out for a few weeks but I’ll get more detail on that today.”
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) October 20, 2017
It remains to be seen how the Parkhead boss will approach selecting his team for their Scottish League Cup semi-final clash with Hibernian at Hampden Park on Saturday.
The most likely course of action would be to name the same back four that featured in the 4-0 loss at Bayern Munich earlier this week, however the ex-Liverpool boss has been known to switch things up in domestic competitions.
In other Celtic news, this Aberdeen ace trolled the Bhoys on Twitter during their loss against Bayern.