Celtic Injury Report – Who’s Out?
Last season, Celtic had a huge injury problem and several key players spent significant periods out injured. Despite that, Celtic managed to win the Premiership and League Cup double. This season, the Scottish champions have boosted their squad significantly and should have good cover in most areas of the pitch. So, who are Celtic’s players in danger of missing out this season?
Carl Starfelt has been injured in the 4-0 derby win against Rangers. The defender is expected to miss the Swedish national team’s upcoming Nations League matches against Serbia and Slovenia. He will also be unavailable for Celtic’s next league match against Motherwell on 1 October and the two Champions League games against RB Leipzig on the 4th and 11th of October. Celtic are likely to turn to 21-year-old centre-back Stephen Welsh and experienced Israel international Nir Bitton to replace the injured Starfelt.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has said that defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is close to returning from injury. The defender has missed the last three games with an injury. His absence has been felt in the heart of Celtic’s defence. Postecoglou is hoping that the American defender will be back to full fitness after the international break. Celtic next play against Motherwell on 1 October.
Celtic winger Jota has been out for four games with an injury. Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has been coy about the extent of the player’s recovery, but has now revealed that the injury is not a serious one. He hopes to have Jota back in training next week.
Robert Williams III
A recent Celtics injury has caused some concern about the team’s health. However, the team isn’t panicking. Shams stated that the team is “very cautious” when it comes to Williams’ health. However, the Celtics don’t want to lose their starting center for the season.
The Celtics haven’t yet released an official injury report for Al Horford, but he’s expected to miss at least Game 2 against Orlando on Thursday. Although he’s entering his age-36 season, Horford is still a valuable contributor and will likely have to compete for playing time. In addition to his age, the Celtics will likely monitor Horford’s minutes closely this year, and he’s not expected to play back-to-back sets.
Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi has trained on Monday and looked fine in the session, although his availability for the Champions League opener against Real Madrid is still in doubt. The striker sustained a shoulder injury during Celtic’s 4-0 win over Rangers last weekend, but he was in good spirits afterwards and is expected to be available for the game.
David Abada has suffered a knee injury in the first half of Celtic’s Champions League game against RB Leipzig. The Israeli winger, who missed the first leg for religious reasons, was involved in a collision with Leipzig player David Raum. He tried to continue after being treated, but went down again after resuming the game. Abada’s injury is the latest blow to Celtic’s squad.