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Report: Celtic 27-year-old out of Aberdeen clash, key man returns

By Harvey Byrne

Scott Sinclair will not feature in Celtic’s League Cup final against Aberdeen on Sunday, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun have reported that the 27-year-old is expected to be on the sidelines for a month following a hamstring injury.

However, the report also states that Leigh Griffiths has handed Brendan Rodgers a boost after returning to training on Thursday.

Summer signing Sinclair strained his hamstring in Wednesday evening’s  2-0 Champions League defeat against Barcelona.

He left the pitch at half-time for attacker James Forrest and fans will have been hoping the injury wasn’t too serious.

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The summer signing has scored 10 goals and provided three assists in 22 appearances this campaign.

It is now likely that one of Forrest, or Patrick Roberts will replace Sinclair in the line-up.

Meanwhile, Griffiths could start on the bench against the Dons on Sunday.

The Hoops forward has missed his team’s last two fixtures after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Scotland.

The 26-year-old has lost his place in the lineup to starlet Moussa Dembele this season, but with nine goals and six assists in 17 appearances he will prove a nice option.

Football Insider verdict:

Sinclair has recaptured the form which previously earned him a move to cash rich Premier League outfit Manchester City. He has helped Celtic reach the final of the competition with one goal and one assist in three appearances and he will be severely disappointed to miss out on the final and his first chance of silverware with the club. Aberdeen will prove difficult opponents, as the club chasing Celtic in second place in the Scottish Premiership and Rodgers would have liked to have had his star players fit. However, the return of Griffiths is a huge boost and is a great option if Celtic need a goal late in the match.

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