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Celtic View Exclusive: Injury update on strikers for Euro clash
WITH no fixture to fulfil last weekend, Brendan Rodgers and his backroom staff have had a full week’s preparation for the European encounter with Rosenborg, a welcome period of breathing space during a hectic period.
And speaking exclusively to this week’s , the manager revealed that he will have to do without the services of Moussa Dembele for the next couple of weeks after the French striker picked up an injury in the home tie against Alashkert.
“It’s such a difficult period of the season as you’re having to get players to a level of fitness, whilst trying to put together a team that can cohesively work together to gain results in arguably your biggest games,”.
“It’s a very tough period and also difficult for the teams in the Betfred Cup as they’re virtually being judged straight away as the season has just started, and the players aren’t clearly at their highest levels of fitness.
“We have periodised our programme, knowing the intensity of the games we’d be playing. Bear in mind we also played a lot of the game last week with 10 men, so it gave us a chance to work on things, and we go into the game on Wednesday fully prepared.”
Moussa Dembele who limped off in the second half of the Alashkert triumph will miss the visit of Rosenborg, though his injury isn’t severe. There was better news for Odsonne Edouard, though, after the French forward trained on Monday, having picked up a knock in the same match. Leigh Griffiths and Jonny Hayes, absent for several weeks, should also return to training later this week.
“Moussa will be out for a few weeks,” revealed the Hoops boss. “Thankfully it’s not a longer-term hamstring. Sometimes these things can be six to eight weeks but it’s not that – it’s two to three weeks maximum. It was unfortunate for him as he’s looked very fit in pre-season.
“We had a scare with Odsonne as well and he only just re-joined training on Monday. After the game, his knee had swollen up. He hadn’t trained for a few days but he looked fine on Monday in training.
“Whether Odsonne is up there on his own or he’s playing with someone, he’s already proven, he can play the role really well.”
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