Journalist: Celtic handed injury hammer blow as stalwart ruled out of action
Celtic have been handed a hammer blow ahead of their Europa League last 32 tie against Zenit with news that centre-back Dedryck Boyata will miss the game thanks to an injury picked up against Kilmarnock, according to a journalist.
The news was revealed on the personal Twitter account of Radio Clyde reporter Ronnie Charters, who also revealed that Kristoffer Ajer, who was also injured against Kilmarnock, will be fit for the Zenit game.
Dedryck Boyata ruled out of Celtic’s Europa League clash with Zenit on Thursday night.
Kristoffer Ajer should be fit for Scottish Cup with Partick Thistle and the Zenit game.
— Ronnie Charters (@RonnieCharters) February 8, 2018
The loss of Boyata will be a huge blow for Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, who has chosen the Belgian centre-back as a mainstay of his treble winning side in the last season, and he has 28 appearances this season.
Boyata’s injury will see the return of Jozo Simunovic to the fold, as he was left out against Kilmarnock due to concerns that he may not have been able to play on the artificial surface at Rugby Park.
Simunovic and Ajer may well form the centre-back partnership not only for the upcoming Scottish Cup tie against Partick Thistle, but also the tie against Zenit, as fellow centre-back Marvin Compper is not only just returning from injury, but is also ineligible for the Zenit tie.
The news that Ajer’s injury isn’t that severe is good news for the Hoops, as it means that the Norwegian can continue his run in the first-team.
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