CELTIC have suffered a Champions League blow with the news Carl Starfelt is likely to be out of action until NEXT month.
The Swedish international centre-back had to be replaced by on-loan Moritz Jenz after being forced off with a knee injury in the 4-0 hammering of Rangers at Parkhead last weekend.
The £4.2million stopper also missed the 3-0 Champions League defeat against holders Real Madrid in Glasgow on Tuesday when the German, on a season-long deal from Lorient, again took his place alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers.
NUMBER ONE…Carl Starfelt scores his first Celtic goal in the 5-0 win over Kilmarnock.
Starfelt has now been ruled out of Wednesday’s second Group F encounter in Europe’s elite competition when the Hoops take on Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw.
The good news for the Swede, though, is that he is unlikely to require surgery on the knee problem, according to a report in the Scottish Sun on Sunday.
But he will still not be in a position to be considered for midweek in the Polish capital or Sunday against St Mirren in Paisley.
The 27-year-old back-four operator, who was signed by Ange Postecoglou from Rubin Kazan in July last year, will also be unavailable for Sweden’s Nations League double-header against Serbia and Slovenia on September 24 and 27.
NUMBER TWO…Carl Starfelt turns away after doubling his Hoops goal tally in the 9-0 rout of Dundee United.
Starfelt missed the start of the season after returning to Parkhead in the summer with a hamstring tear suffered on international duty in June.
He sat out the opening day 2-0 win over Aberdeen – where his stand-in Stephen Welsh headed the first goal – and the 3-1 victory over Ross County in Dingwall.
Starfelt returned as a second-half substitute for Jenz for the 5-0 rout of Kilmarnock at Rugby Park where he claimed his first-ever strike for the Hoops. Remarkably, he followed that up with his second in the 9-0 romp over Dundee United at Tannadice.