Injury expert: Welsh may undergo surgery and be out for 'months' at Celtic
There is a possibility that Celtic centre-back Stephen Welsh may need surgery if he has suffered a significant facial injury.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Welsh was taken off following a whack to the face 10 minutes from time in the Hoops’ 1-0 League Cup semi-final win over St Johnston on 20 November.
The Daily Record reported two days later that the 21-year-old did not suffer a concussion following the clash with Shaun Rooney.
There has been no update from the club as to whether Welsh will be fit for the Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen on 25 November.
Dinnery claims the Celtic academy graduate may need to go under the knife depending on the extent of his injury.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “If we are talking a severe break, surgical intervention is often recommended.
“There could alternatively be a minor fracture. Those will often heal without the need for surgical intervention.
“Otherwise, it might just be a case of pain management. The difficulty with that is that football is a contact sport.
“You don’t really want to take any chances because something trivial or minor could be exacerbated.
“In that case, instead of looking at weeks, you’re looking at months. You may need wires or plates inserted into your jaw if you do end up needing surgery.“
Welsh has featured 13 times in all competitions this term for Ange Postecoglou’s side, but only one of those appearances has been in Europe.
Celtic are currently 3rd in Europa League Group G with two games to play.