Worrying Celtic injury update ahead of CL showdown v Anderlecht
By Abigail Withey
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that young right-back Anthony Ralston has picked up a knee injury ahead of Celtic’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht.
The Hoops will face the Belgian outfit at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on Wednesday night in their second group stage match of the competition.
The Bhoys boss confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a small meniscus tear in his knee and looks likely to remain out of his team for the Champions League clash.
However, Rodgers believes that Ralston will be available for the club’s game against Hibernian on Saturday before being given some time off.
The defender has been left out of Scotland’s Under-21 international squad because of his knee issue.
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“He has a slight tear of his meniscus which allows him to train and work. It won’t need an operation,” the manager explained, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“He will be available for us to the weekend and then he will have that rest. We will see where he is at after the international break.”
???? BR: "He will be available for us to the weekend and then he will have that rest. We will see where he is at after the int break." #ANDCEL
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 26, 2017
The Celtic Under-20’s star impressed after he was called up to feature in the Hoops backline against Paris Saint-Germain during the club’s first group match of the competition.
Ralston failed to be shaken by the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during Celtic’s last Champions League clash, but his efforts weren’t enough to prevent the 5-0 defeat to the Ligue 1 side.
The youngster will be missed in the competition and fans will undoubtably be eager for a quick recovery as he appears to be one of the most promising talents at the club.
In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the Hoops’ clash against Anderlecht.