Rodgers confirms Celtic senior player injury blow after win against St Johnstone
By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that a calf injury saw Leigh Griffiths excluded from the squad when Celtic beat St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.
Hoops fans were left wondering what had happened to the 27-year-old forward as he failed to make the bench for the 4-0 win against Tommy Wright’s side.
After the game, Rodgers confirmed that Griffiths will miss over a week with his injury, which has come at a good time for Celtic with the international break now in effect, however it means he will miss Scotland’s friendly clash against the Netherlands next week.
“He won’t play,” said Rodgers on Griffiths’ chances of playing for Scotland, as quoted by the Daily Record. “He had a slight calf injury from our game during the week. He had a scan and it’s not overly serious, but it will probably be a week to 10 days, which is unfortunate.”
Senior player Griffiths has been ever-present for Celtic this season but has recently found himself play more of a bench role with Moussa Dembele returning to full fitness.
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The Scotland international has made 21 appearances across all competitions this term, scoring eight goals in the process.
Celtic got on just fine without the ex-Hibernian striker on Saturday though, with Rodgers’ men breaking a 100-year-old British record by extending their domestic unbeaten run to 63 games.
Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham were all on target in Perth, with Steven Anderson also scoring an own goal.
In other Celtic news, John Collins has explained how the Hoops’ unbeaten run may come to an end.