Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that striker Leigh Griffiths is no closer to a first team return as he searches for a solution to his calf injury.
The manager admitted that he even though the Scotland international has seen a specialist about his injury in recent weeks the timescale of his return is as yet unknown.
“Griffiths was seeing a specialist over his calves the other week but even when he gets back he needs to get fit,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It could be an extended period really.”
The 27-year-old has struggled with injury and form issues this season, but has proved to be a vital player for the Bhoys and has still popped up with some big goals in important matches, against Anderlecht and Rangers, to name but two.
He may only have scored 12 goals so far this season but that is still two more than last season’s top scorer Moussa Dembele has managed.
The timing of the injury is a real blow to the Hoops, as not only did Griffiths miss both Europa League matches against Zenit, but he will also miss the Old Firm derby against Rangers on March 11th.
Griffiths has a good record against the Hoops’ greatest rivals, scoring the second goal against them in the 2-0 win at Ibrox at September, and he will be missed for a match which looks like it will have huge ramifications in the title.
The Bhoys are due to be action next on Saturday against Morton in the Scottish Cup, but that could be in doubt if the severe weather which cancelled their match against Dundee on Wednesday doesn’t improve.
In other Celtic news, Dedryck Boyata is set to make his return from injury in time for the Old Firm derby
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