Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that although Patrick Roberts and Tom Rogic have returned to first-team training, it is likely to be a while before the duo are ready to play football.
Rodgers provided the crucial update on the pair whilst also confirming that that Kristoffer Ajer should be ok to play against both Partick Thistle and Zenit Saint Petersburg, and powerhouse defender Jozo Simunovic should also return in place of the injured Dedryck Boyata.
“Ajer had a nasty knock to his achilles but should be ok for the weekend. Boyata will struggle.” Rodgers said, as quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter account.
“Simunovic will be in because we’re playing on grass. Rogic and Roberts have re-joined training but they’re still a bit away.”
🗣️ BR on injuries: "Ajer had a nasty knock to his achilles but should be ok for the weekend. Boyata will struggle. Simunovic will be in because we’re playing on grass. Rogic and Roberts have re-joined training but they’re still a bit away." #CELPAR
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 8, 2018
Rogic and Roberts have been big misses for the Hoops in the period that they have been out of first-team action.
Rogic hasn’t featured since only completing 45 minutes of the Bhoys’ final Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht in December, whilst Roberts has been out for even longer after picking up a hamstring injury against Motherwell.
The Bhoys have lacked the creativity that the pair can provide, which was shown most recently in the 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock, which saw the Hoops struggle to break down a resolute Killie defence.
The Hoops return to action on Saturday when they continue their defence of the Scottish Cup with a last sixteen clash against Scottish Premiership strugglers Partick Thistle at Celtic Park, before they face Zenit next Thursday.
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