Celtic’s injury problems have shown no signs of clearing up ahead of the Europa League clash v Zenit.
Hoops assistant manager Chris Davies revealed that the attacking trio of Tom Rogic, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths will all miss the game against the Russian side as their injuries haven’t cleared up in time.
“Roberts is just returning to training but isn’t available for the game” Davis explained, as quoted on the Hoops’ official Twitter account.
“Rogic is a little bit further on and hopefully he will be available over the next week or so. Armstrong unfortunately is still in his rehab, the same with Griffiths.”
????️ CD: "Roberts is just returning to training but isn’t available for the game. Rogic is a little bit further on and hopefully he will be available over the next week or so. Armstrong unfortunately is still in his rehab, the same with Griffiths." #CELZEN
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 13, 2018
The news means that the Hoops will need to rely on the players who have started most games since the Bhoys came back from their winter break.
In some cases that is a good thing, such as James Forrest, who is currently in the best form of his career, and will be a key man against the Russian side, and Scott Brown, who hasn’t let the team down once this season and will be tasked with driving the Hoops to victory.
In some cases though the injury problems have lead to players out of form continually being picked for the first team, such as Jozo Simunovic, who was dreadful against Partick on Saturday but who may start against Zenit because of Dedryck Boyata’s injury.
There’s also Moussa Demeble. whose form has blown hot and cold and who arguably wouldn’t be in the team if Griffiths was available.
It is up to those out of form players to play to their abilities against Zenit and help drive the Bhoys on to what could be an unlikely victory.
In other Celtic news, Duncan Shearer has advised Ryan Christie to move to England on loan next season