Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou confirms Carl Starfelt injury timeline

By David Walton

November 3, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Carl Starfelt will be out until after the international break next week.

Starfelt picked up a hamstring injury against Livingston on Saturday and required a scan at the start of the week. It comes after the Swedish international made himself a stalwart at the heart of the Celtic backline.

And after seeing the results of the scan, Postecoglou has confirmed that he’ll be out until after the international break:

Celtic are due to play Ferencvaros in the 4th round of games in their Europa League group in Hungary.

Centre-back options aren’t particularly sparse however. Stephen Welsh looks like the favourite to come in and partner Cameron Carter-Vickers given the positive impression he made early on this season.

Nir Bitton is also available to slot in at centre-back if necessary.

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Celtic pick up Carl Starfelt blow but injury could’ve been worse

It could’ve been a lot worse for Starfelt of course. We could’ve been looking at weeks and weeks on the sidelines if it was a bad pull.

The player did message the media in his homeland over the weekend of course, telling them he hoped it would only be a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed the recovery goes well during the internationals then.

Starfelt will therefore miss tomorrow’s game in Hungary and the clash against Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday. Celtic’s first game after the internationals will be St Johnstone in the League Cup semi-finals on November 20th.

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It opens up a big chance for Welsh to stake his claim of course. We know he can be a reliable option and he didn’t look out of place on the European stage during the early weeks of Postecoglou’s reign.

But even so, we wish Carl the quickest of recoveries.

In other news, Ferencvaros star can’t believe how quickly Celtic move the ball under Ange Postecoglou