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BOYATA BLOW AS LINFIELD SCRAPE THROUGH

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DEDRYCK BOYATA will undergo a scan on his knee in Glasgow tomorrow after picking up a knock during the 0-0 draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday evening.

The centre-back was forced off the pitch before half time due to a clash with Josef Husbauer. The Belgian internationalist is now a major doubt for the Champions League qualifiers.

Boyata was seen leaving the stadium on crutches; however, Brendan Rodgers refused to confirm whether the Belgian would be ruled out of the crucial fixture.

‘We’re unsure about Dedryck. We just need to see.

‘He obviously has pain in the knee. It just looked like his touch got away from him. It was a block tackle. That can sometimes open up the ligament in the knee. Obviously when he put the weight on it he was in a bit of pain. We will see how it looks.

‘He is a boy who has been plagued with injuries. When I came in last year, he was injured.

‘Looking at it from experience, it tells me that he probably will have a scan, just precautionary, so we can see what is up. Hopefully it isn’t too serious. There wasn’t a massive impact.

‘It was two players coming together from a short distance away. So hopefully that isn’t too serious.

‘The last thing he will want is to be injured for another part of the season with us. It’s an important season for us and it an important season for him with the World Cup. He will want to be in the best possible form he can be in. We will see how it is when we get back.

‘We have to deal with it. We have got other players.

‘I’m not overly concerned. I have got Mika (Mikael Lustig) who can play there. In European football Kieran Tierney can play there, Kris Ajer is coming back. But we will just see how Dedryck is and take it from there.’

Meanwhile, Celtic will face Belfast side Linfield in their Champions League second round qualifiers next week. David Healy’s side were held to a 0-0 draw against La Fiorita.

David Healy’s side went through on aggregate thanks to a late first leg goal from Jordan Stewart. The match, which has been moved due to being scheduled around the local festivities in Belfast, will take place on Friday 14th of July.

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