Copenhagen’s Viktor Fischer could reportedly still play against Celtic in next week’s second leg, according to Ekstra Bladet.
Copenhagen initially announced on their official website towards the end of last week that Fischer would be out for “a few weeks”. This came after an injury picked up during the club’s winter training camp in Portugal.
However, Ekstra Bladet have reported that manager Stale Solbakken is still hopeful of releasing Fischer at Parkhead in next week’s second-leg. He’s still definitely sidelined for Thursday’s first leg in Denmark.
The report states that the injury picked up is nothing serious, but Copenhagen want to monitor him day-to-day. Solbakken will also wait until Fischer is completely ready and will refuse to rush him back if he isn’t.
Fischer has scored five goals and bagged 10 assists in 32 appearances this season (Transfermarkt).
Fischer not the be-all and end-all for Copenhagen
This isn’t as straightforward as we’ll go out if Fischer makes it or we’ll definitely qualify if he doesn’t. Fischer’s stats are decent, but they’re hardly jaw-dropping.
Fischer didn’t manage a single goal or assist in five Europa League group stage games this season. He did bag a goal in Europa League qualifying, but that’s the only goal he’s been directly involved in throughout nine European games this season.
They have other threats too. Their top scorer is Pieros Sotiriou with 13 goals and three assists to his name. Behind him is Dame N’Doye on nine goals and four assists (Transfermarkt). There are clearly more dangerous threats than Fischer this week, even if his absence is a blow for the Danish champions.
If he does feature at Parkhead next week, it’ll be interesting to see what level he’s performing at. We would also already hope to have a lead in the tie, so another intriguing aspect will be whether Solbakken tries to push his return should we already be leading.
The momentum looks to be with Celtic heading into Thursday night’s clash. The Hoops managed to consolidate their 10-point lead at the top of the Premiership yesterday. Equally, Copenhagen could potentially lose more ground to Midtjylland after their 1-0 loss at Esbjerg on Friday night.
Europe provides both teams with a welcome distraction from all of that though. And it now remains to be seen how Fischer’s first-leg absence affects our rivals.