Celtic defensive mainstay major doubt for upcoming clashes
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed mainstay Mikael Lustig is set for a spell on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.
The 31-year-old right-back is now in danger of missing the Hoops’ Europa League last 32 clash with Zenit, the first leg of which takes place on the 16th of February.
“Mika has been struggling for four or five weeks with his Achilles. You could see it was affecting performances, so him and I spoke and it’s best to get it settled.” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Hopefully he’ll be back training within a couple of weeks as he’s been a real stalwart for me since I’ve been here with his availability for games, the number of games he has played as well as his performances.
“I hope we’ll get that right and then take it from there. We just have to see how he responds and comes back for Zenit.”
Lustig has been heavily criticised by supporters for some performances in recent games. He was poor in the goal less Old Firm derby in December then was substituted at half-time against Partick Thistle after giving away a penalty.
The Swedish defender was then left-out of the squad for the match against Hibernian with his injury.
The Bhoys have Cristian Gamboa and Anthony Ralston in their squad who can replace Lustig, or perhaps they might consider a three at the back system, which they played in the 1-0 victory over Hibernian.
The next game that Lustig will miss is the Hoops match against Hearts, a game which could see new signing Charly Musonda making his debut.
The Bhoys, who will be without Leigh Griffiths and Craig Gordon for the game, will be looking to gain revenge on the only side to have defeated them in the Scottish Premiership so far this season.
In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele can reignite his season with a good performance against Hearts
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