Jozo Simunovic will miss Celtic’s next two matches through injury, according to reports.
The 25-year-old last featured in the 2-0 Europa League first leg win over Swedish champions AIK. He played the full 90 minutes of that clash but hasn’t been seen since – missing the return leg plus the league wins over Hearts and Rangers.
And now the Scottish Sun report that the 6ft 3in stopper will be out of action for at least another week. That means that he will miss Saturday’s clash with Hamilton Accies as well as the Europa League Group E opener in Rennes.
Celtic have cover for Simunovic injury
While the news isn’t exactly great for manager Neil Lennon, it’s hardly time for panic stations either. Simunovic was a big part of the Northern Irishman’s plans at the tail end of last season, and in this campaign’s earlier qualifiers, but he has been used sparingly since – even prior to his injury.
Christopher Jullien has started to become a key man in the heart of the defence in recent weeks and that has forced Simunovic into a spot on the bench. The Frenchman will be likely to start both of the next two matches while Kristoffer Ajer should be back for Rennes.
Failing that, we can also play Hatem Abd Elhamed at centre-back and put Moritz Bauer in on the right. The Israel international looked accomplished when he was placed in the centre of defence at Ibrox while Bauer also put in a solid shift. So no cause for concern there.
One thing that is slightly alarming, however, is the number of injuries Celtic are picking up. Last season was disastrous in terms of knocks and niggles and this season has started in the same way. Thankfully we now seen to have a squad that can deal with the rigours of the modern game.