Celtic receive cup final boost as manager delivers fitness update on 25-year-old star
By Will Butcher
Celtic could be in line for a huge injury boost as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes revealed captain Ryan Jack could miss the Scottish Cup final on May 27.
Jack, 25, has a groin tear and is expected to return in two-to-three weeks, but may have now played his last game for the Dons with his contract set to expire at the end of the month.
McInnes was quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying that his captain could miss the final against Brendan Rodgers’ which is set to be played at Hampden Park.
“It is a real blow for us at this stage of the season,” McInnes said.
“We are hoping he will be back in two-to-three weeks but he will be touch and go for the cup final.
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“It is hard for Ryan but hopefully he will recover in time. There is a slight tear there but at this stage it is impossible to tell.”
Central midfielder Jack has starred in the middle of the park for the Dons this season during his 37 league and cup appearances, scoring twice against Dundee both home and away.
However, the Dons could now be without the influential player as they look to end a run of four defeats in four against Rodgers’ champions this season.
Northern Irishman Rodgers has already secured the league cup and the league title, and will be hoping to remain unbeaten in Scottish football this term and clinch the Scottish Cup too.
Jack’s injury will comes as a huge boost to the Hoops, as they go up against Aberdeen on Friday night in the league just two weeks before both sides go head-to-head in the final.
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