New Valencia signing Facundo Roncaglia will miss the Celtic match through suspension, for a red card picked up two years ago.
The Mestalla outfit signed Roncaglia from Celta Vigo on deadline-day on a loan deal. He made his debut for Valencia coming on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad on Sunday.
But the centre-back has found out that he won’t be playing at Parkhead. Roncaglia was involved in a bust-up with Manchester United’s Eric Bailly two years ago at Old Trafford. He was subsequently sent off and hit with a four-match ban.
And, in an incredible turn of events, that’s the last time Roncaglia played in Europe. That means he’ll also miss the second-leg in Spain.
Funnily enough, it appears that this has only just been found out by the man himself. Speaking after the game against Sociedad last night, Roncaglia spoke of how much he was looking forward to playing at Celtic Park, according to the Daily Record.
Two key centre-backs could be out for Valencia
But it looks as though he won’t have the chance to take part. He could be joined by Gabriel Paulista too, who reportedly suffered an injury in training.
Ezequiel Garay, however, will be fit for the contest. He’s the other first-choice Valencia defender, and Celtic fans may remember him well. He threatened to ruin Neil Lennon’s chances of Champions League progression back in 2012 – scoring a winner for Benfica against the Hoops in Lisbon.
Celtic did go on to progress that year at Benfica’s expense. Garay may therefore have unfinished business with Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Roncaglia also joins Santi Mina on the sidelines too. The pacey striker is out of the trip to Parkhead after picking up an ankle knock. Valencia revealed the news on their official website yesterday. It’s unclear as of yet whether Mina will be out for the second-leg at the Mestalla.
And whilst Celtic have injury problems of their own, Valencia are certainly short themselves ahead of their arrival in Glasgow.