Celtic dealt yet another defensive injury blow as senior player suffers setback - report

By Danny Wright

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has suffered a calf injury while away on international duty with Sweden, according to a report.

The Daily Record claims that Lustig, 30, has sat out of training with the Scandinavian nation this week and the Hoops are now sweating over his availability for upcoming matches once he returns to Glasgow.

Lustig is the second defender to have picked up an injury in as many days with it being announced on Tuesday that centre-back Jozo Simunovic had suffered a torn hamstring while he was with the Bosnian set-up.

Celtic have suffered constantly with injuries to their backline this season with all their regular starters in the back four, besides Kieran Tierney, suffering spells on the sidelines.

Dedryck Boyata has not long returned to action after a knee injury while Erik Sviatechenko is making progress to return from his lengthy spell in the treatment room.

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Anthony Ralston would perhaps be the man to come in and replace Lustig in the Celtic starting line-up, but the teenager himself has had injury problems as of late, giving Brendan Rodgers one almighty headache ahead of their upcoming Premiership and Champions League fixture list.

Senior player Lustig has been ever-present this season, making 16 appearances across all competitions.

It would no doubt be a big blow for the Hoops to be without him for any of their upcoming games against Dundee and Bayern Munich.

In other Celtic news, Alan Brazil has said what will happen if the Bhoys and Rangers joined the English leagues.

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