Celtic's injury crisis returns after frantic day in Perth

By daniel.cole

February 4, 2019

The injury crisis which has plagued much of Celtic’s season has returned after a handful of injuries against St. Johnstone.

The Hoops suffered as many as four injuries to key players in the 2-0 win in Perth. They even finished the game with nine men, after injuries and Kristoffer Ajer’s red card.

James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Mikael Lustig all suffered injuries in the win.

Ajer, ironically, also suffered a gruesome looking head knock as early as the first minute.

Although it looked like his game was over early, he managed to stay on the park until his 89th minute dismissal.

Edouard is helped from the field by a stretcher. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic’s luck with injuries looked to have eased when a host of first teamers returned from injury earlier in the season.

However in a crazy 90 minutes in Perth, their injury crisis looks to have returned with a bang.

Christie was able to finish the game, despite his injury worries. Lustig and Edouard had to be replaced.

The Frenchman, a substitute himself, was only on the field a matter of minutes.

Forrest made the breakthrough for Celtic before going off injured (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Forrest had only scored the opening goal a matter of moments before having to go off. With no subs left, Celtic played the last 12 minutes a man short.

Brendan Rodgers told The Daily Record the injuries were caused during an ‘eventful game’

“James felt tightness in his hamstring and it was too big a risk for him,” Rodgers said.

“Odsonne when you watch it, he’s just got the studs right on the front of his foot so that’s a real sore one.”

The Celtic manager was quick to hail Timothy Weah, who replaced Edouard and had an instant impact.

The American set up Forrest’s opening goal before firing home the clinching second himself.

Weah and Forrest celebrate the Celtic breakthrough. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A short but eventful month

Yesterday was Celtic’s first of eight February fixtures. A month with only 28 days but is one that will be sure to define Celtic’s season.

With the injury crisis rearing it’s ugly head once again, Celtic’s bloated squad may just have a part to play in the run in.

With Scottish Cup and Europa League ties to contest in the coming weeks, Celtic’s depth of quality is sure to be tested.