Lazio reportedly hit with triple blow ahead of Celtic clash
Lazio’s injury problems have reportedly mounted up ahead of their visit from Celtic this Thursday night.
The Hoops get set to take the journey to Italy looking to all but seal their place in the last-32. Celtic overcame the Serie A powerhouses with a fine 2-1 win in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago. However, since then, Lazio have racked up three straight domestic victories.
Their latest came against AC Milan in a 2-1 success. And it appears as though they’ve apparently got several wounded after a bruising encounter. According to the Scottish Sun, they could be missing as many as three players tomorrow night.
Felipe Caicedo we all knew was a doubt, but the Sun has revealed that he picked up a collarbone injury and is rated “extremely doubtful”.
Two defenders out
However, there is further good news for Celtic as Adam Murasic and Stefan Radu are apparently definitely going to miss out.
Radu apparently picked up a groin injury against Milan, and he’s one of Simone Inzaghi’s key defenders. He didn’t play at Parkhead after being rested, however.
Murasic has been in and out of the side, and has picked up a thigh injury that will rule him out.
The downside? The same back three who started at Celtic Park are all still available. Francesco Acerbi, Denis Vavro, and Bastos could all play. But with Radu and Murasic definitely out, it limits Inzaghi’s options.
Neil Lennon will likely shrug it off
For supporters, this is decent news. Whenever opponents as strong as Lazio get a blow or two, it has to be a positive for us.
However, don’t expect Neil Lennon to be jumping up and down. After all, it was substitute Danilo Cataldi that nearly scored a worldie at Parkhead two weeks ago with his spectacular volley. That shows the quality they have in reserve.
We know they have great depth on the bench. But with Caicedo, Radu, and Murasic all sidelined, it certainly weakens their options ahead of what’s a must-win clash for Inzaghi’s side.
Now if only Immobile and Joaquin Correa can pick up a couple of knocks, that would be most ideal! In all seriousness, it’s not great seeing players sidelined. But at the end of the day, if it helps us qualify or get a positive result in Italy – who cares?