THE BAD NEWS? okay here goes…
Jozo Simunovic has a tear on his hamstring and is likely to miss Celtic’s vital Champions League match away to Bayern Munich in two weeks time.
The news comes from the Bosnian FA and the suggestion is that the big defender turned up for international duty with the injury.
The 23 year-old didn’t feature at the weekend as Celtic were held to a 2-2 draw by Hibs at Celtic Park. He will now miss Bosnia’s World Cup clashes with Belgium and Estonia.
Simunovic has now been withdrawn from the Bosnian squad after their doctors discovered a tear in his hamstring. This type of injury could rule Jozo out for around six weeks so he looks set to miss the Bayern Munich double header in the Champions League.
Celtic are already in a race against time to get midfield pair Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong back for the match in Germany in 15 days time after both suffered injuries in Brussels last Wednesday as Celtic beat Anderlecht 3-0.
The Bosnian FA team doctor Reuf Karabeg said: “Our manager, Mehmed Bazdarevic and I talked to Jozo’s doctor at Celtic and we got access to all the documentation on the injury’s condition.
“The findings of the scan clearly shows he has a rupture of the hamstring and a hematoma four centimetres long.”
Slightly better news from the Belgian camp as manager Roberto Martinez is set to introduce Simunovic’s central defensive partner Dedryck Boyata to the team to face Bosnia & Herzegovina and Cyprus in the final two matches of their qualifying campaign.
Boyata is set to get his chance after Manchester City’s Vincent Company had to withdraw from the squad due to injury.
Roberto Martinez said: “Vincent Kompany hasn’t been in the squad and hasn’t been able to join in with the activity of the first team.
“So, it was clear that he wasn’t going to make it for these games.”
Boyata is likely to be paired with fit again central defender Erik Sviatchenko. The Danish star was injured in the Champions League qualifier against Rosenburg in Norway but has now re-joined the Celtic squad and will be available for selection.
Celtic have the two games against Bayern, a home fixture against Dundee, the Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibs and a trip to Aberdeen to squeeze into October after the international break ends.
NEW CQN PODCAST FROM CELTIC PARK ON SATURDAY
Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.
Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.