In what’s becoming a good day on the injury front, Sweden right-back Mikael Lustig looks set to be fit for Celtic this Sunday.
That’s because the right-back is part of the Swedish squad to face Norway tonight. He’s been named as one of the substitutes for the clash against the Norwegians – Sweden’s second game of the week.
This comes after he had to come off in Sweden’s first Euro 2020 qualifier against Romania.
It remains to be seen if he features in any capacity this evening. But he surely wouldn’t have been named in the squad if he wasn’t fit to play at all.
The fact he hasn’t started is perhaps a concern. After all, he’s still Sweden’s number one right-back, and would likely have started if he was fully-fit.
But just having him on their bench is a bonus ahead of Celtic’s match with Rangers on Sunday.
If Lustig hadn’t played tonight, it would’ve been extremely concerning. Jeremy Toljan could still take the right-back slot given that Neil Lennon has yet to choose a definitive first-choice right-back. So long as everything remains positive tonight, however, we’ll have some depth on Sunday in that position.
A day of positive injury news
The development also comes after further positive injury news regarding Dedryck Boyata and Tom Rogic. The pair were seen in a YouTube video posted by Celtic earlier this afternoon. It showed both men in good spirits at training, and it’s looking good for both to be fit for Sunday also.
So far the day has contained a potentially terrific triple injury-boost for Celtic. Kieran Tierney will hopefully be next in the coming days, but Lennon will hopefully reveal all at his press conference.
In any case, it’s worth keeping an eye on Sweden’s match tonight to see if Lustig does get minutes. In an ideal world he would, but manager Janne Andersson may not want to risk it at a tough venue such as Norway.
Incidentally, Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer will start for Norway tonight. He’ll be a big player against Rangers on Sunday, so avoiding any knocks to him is also a must.
Touch wood, both men will come out of tonight’s clash with no complaints.