FC Copenhagen have announced that Viktor Fischer will be sidelined for “several weeks” after picking up an injury in their Portugal training camp.
Fischer, who has played 32 times for Copenhagen this season and scored five times (Transfermarkt), now looks certain to miss the upcoming Europa League games against Celtic.
The former Ajax man has played against Celtic in the past. He was part of the Ajax side that lost at Parkhead before defeating us in Amsterdam in the Champions League back in 2013.
However, it looks extremely likely that the attacker won’t play any part for the Danish side ahead of our Europa League last-32 crunch clash.
On their official website, Copenhagen have also announced that Jens Stage and Ragnar Sigurdsson look likely to make the clash. Both players played in the reserve league on Thursday, clocking up 60 and 45 minutes respectively.
Fischer absence encouraging for Celtic
If the timeframe that Copenhagen have published is correct, Fischer would have no chance of facing us. The first leg of our Europa League clash starts next Thursday. The tie will then be wrapped up at Parkhead on February 27th.
That’s two weeks away. Even if Fischer is back in training and pushing for a return, he’s unlikely to be 100% fit. He, therefore, joins Jonas Wind, Nicolai Boilesen, and Robert Mudrazija on the injury list.
Neil Lennon will hardly be doing back-flips. He’ll know that Copenhagen have talent ready to step in and take his place. When you qualify for the latter stages of the Europa League, your team isn’t dependent on one player.
But what it does do is take away some vital experience from Copenhagen’s starting line-up. Fischer has experienced both international and Champions League football in the past. The Danish attacker has played a direct part in 58 goals in his 85 Copenhagen appearances too (Transfermarkt).
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of effect this has on Stale Solbakken’s side on Friday evening. Copenhagen will resume their league campaign against Esbjerg this week.
Regardless, this looks like a real positive for Celtic ahead of a tricky-looking tie.