'Shocking', 'Ridiculous' - Celtic fans react to yet another first-team injury blow
By James Black
Celtic face an anxious wait to see how long Jozo Simunovic will miss after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty – with fans on Twitter shocked at the news.
The 23-year-old defender will return to Celtic for treatment and according to the Daily Record faces 6-8 weeks on the sidelines just as Brendan Rodgers thought his injury worries were beginning to ease.
Simunovic had missed the Scottish Premiership draw with Hibs after being rested and was a doubt before the recent Old Firm clash with a knee injury and this latest injury will come as a big blow.
He was due to face Belgium and Estonia in the final round of World Cup qualifying fixtures but now has the prospect of missing the Hoops’ double-header with Bayern Munich and the League Cup semi-final.
Celtic fans were quick to vent their frustration at the news Simunovic was out.
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Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
— Dev (@_Devin67) October 3, 2017
Big chocolate legs Simunovic injured again ffs. Was looking the part too.
— John Paul Kennah (@jkennah1888) October 3, 2017
This guy is always injured anybody know how many games in a row he's played ?
— Murph (@murph_1888) October 3, 2017
Put some sawdust oan it it'll be as right as rain in no time
— Robbo ???? (@Scott9Robertson) October 3, 2017
Love big Simunovic but he's a big sicknote. Getting a bit ridiculous now
— Paul Sutherland (@PaulSuth) October 3, 2017
There's no chance of Simunovic making that. If it's a tear he'll be lucky to play again this year.
— Hugh Moan (@weeshug72) October 3, 2017
Simunovic has a hamstring tear?? ????
— Roger Moore (@SimpleBlinds67) October 3, 2017
Simunovic isn’t the only first-team player to have suffered an injury blow as of late with Scott Brown also facing a race to be fit for the games with Bayern after sustaining a hamstring strain during the 3-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht.
Celtic have had to use Nir Bitton as an emergency central defender at times this season and the Israeli midfieler will likely be thrown back in there alongside Dedryck Boyata when the Hoops return to action against Dundee on October 14.
Boyata made his first competitive appearance of the season in the League Cup tie at Dundee while Erik Sviatchenko hasn’t featured since being injured in the Champions League qualifier away to Rosenborg.
Kristoffer Ajer, Mikael Lustig and Nir Bitton have all played in central defence but without Simunovic Celtic’s resources will be stretched as they attempt to kick on in the Champions League from last week’s win over Anderlecht.
Celtic also face joint-league leaders Aberdeen later this month as they try and win their sevent consecutive Scottish title.