FC Copenhagen may very well have an injury doubt of their own this Thursday night in centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson.
The Danes released their squad for today’s match against Silkeborg, and Sigurdsson wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Copenhagen stated on their official website that the defender hadn’t recovered from the Celtic game.
Sigurdsson started our Europa League last-32 first-leg on Thursday night after signing for the club over the winter break. His game against us was his debut, and he showed up well after a shaky start to the game.
Stale Solbakken has yet to confirm his availability for the second-leg at Parkhead. However, the fact he hasn’t recovered in time for today’s game could be a blow for a Copenhagen squad already injury-stricken.
Should Sigurdsson miss the game, he’ll join Nicolai Boilesen, Jonas Wind, Robert Mudrazija, and potentially Viktor Fischer.
Who could play if Sigurdsson misses out?
The likely replacement for Sigurdsson would surely be Sotirios Papagiannopoulos. He started Thursday’s game on the bench, but the Swedish centre-back did come on for the final few minutes when Sigurdsson came off.
Papagiannopoulos plays in Sigurdsson’s position, and has featured 31 times for the senior side this season (Transfermarkt). He also started nine of their 10 European matches before the last-32. He’ll be a reliable option for the Danes if selected.
Of course, Copenhagen could just be taking precautions here. Leaving Sigurdsson out of today’s game could give the defender every chance of making the second leg at Parkhead. Then again, Copenhagen are 10 points behind Mitdjylland in the league table in Denmark. They won’t want to lose any further ground in the title race.
Celtic, of course, have a big injury concern of their own for Thursday night. Captain Scott Brown limped off at the Telia Parken and has to be considered a big doubt for the contest.
Neil Lennon has plenty of options, but the loss of Brown would surely be felt in the midfield. It remains to be seen if either Sigurdsson or Brown make it.