Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he doesn’t expect any of his injured players to return in time to face Zenit in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Hoops boss made the admission via the club’s official Twitter account.
“We have nothing new really to add in terms of injuries. Obviously the guys who were available last week are still in the squad, so we are pretty much the same,” the Northern Irishman said.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 21, 2018
If that is the case, then the Hoops will still be without key men such as Dedryck Boyata, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths for the game against the side currently second in the Russian league.
The Hoops boss will be confident though that the players that are available will be able to do enough to get the Celts into the last 16 of the competition.
The Bhoys dominated almost the entirety of the first leg, and were well-worthy of the 1-0 lead provided to them by Callum McGregor’s second-half goal.
Hoops captain Scott Brown missed the weekend’s goalless draw with St Johnstone due to suspension, and after his brief break he will be raring to go and is set to be the most important player on the park for the Hoops.
It is also going to be a big game for Jozo Simunovic, who will be out to prove that his poor form earlier in the season was just a temporary thing, and the performance he gave in the first leg was the real player.
In other Celtic news, Eboue Kouassi isn’t fearing the second leg against Zenit