Report: Huge blow for Celtic as key man ruled out of Scottish Cup final
By Russell Edge
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele’s season has been ended through injury after scans confirmed the damage was as bad as worst feared, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun report that scans on the Hoops man confirmed the injury, putting the striker out of action for at least five weeks.
It is said he won’t be rushed back for the Scottish Cup final on May 20.
The 20-year-old was substituted during Celtic’s 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over local rivals Rangers on Sunday with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
The news will be a devastating blow to his club, who are hoping to complete a domestic treble with victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup, having already clinched the Scottish League Cup and Premiership title.
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20-year-old Dembele, who joined the Scottish champions on a free transfer from London side Fulham, has been in imperious form for the Hoops, scoring 32 goals in all competitions in his debut season, including five Champions League strikes.
However, the goalscoring gauntlet will now fall to Leigh Griffiths, who replaced Dembele in the Old Firm derby and earned his side the penalty scored by Scott Sinclair to secure Celtic’s progress to the Scottish Cup final.
Dembele meanwhile will be aiming to come back from this setback quickly, in order to prepare for his side’s Champions League qualifying campaign, which begins on July 11th.
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