It was a day of contrasts for Celtic winger James Forrest against St Johnstone.

He scored the opening goal in a vital 2-0 league victory.

Shortly after though, he suffered a hamstring injury and couldn’t finish the game.

Celtic assistant boss Chris Davies confirmed to the club’s official Twitter account that Forrest could be out ‘for a while’.

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If that proves to be the case then it is a huge blow for the Hoops.

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His absence would be keenly felt, especially in the upcoming Europa League clash against Valencia.

Forrest’s goal against St Johnstone was his 12th of the season, he also has 17 assists so far.

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Taking that end product out of the team for a spell will be a huge miss going forward.

The Hoops do have other injury problems at the moment.

 

Chris Davies disclosed to the Celtic Twitter account that the Hoops have a ‘good team of injuries and suspensions’.

But Forrest will be the biggest miss.

He really is fundamental to the way the team plays, and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the injury isn’t as severe as it looks to be.

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It will be interesting to see who replaces Forrest in the team in the weeks ahead.

Oliver Burke could well be a candidate, there could even be a recall out of the cold for Jonny Hayes.

No matter who replaces Forrest, it will be doubtful that they have the impact on the team that he does.

 

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