Lennon confirms Mohamed Elyounoussi training injury; Simunovic has knee problem

By John McGinley

March 1, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jozo Simunovic missed today’s Scottish Cup match because of injury, speaking to BBC Sportsound on Radio Scotland (01/03, 14:26).

Elyounoussi and Simunovic have already spent significant portions of the season out of the team with injury.

The Norwegian international, on loan from Southampton, was out between December and February before returning in time for the recent doubleheader against Copenhagen.

Now though, it appears he has picked up a hamstring injury in training, with an unknown timeframe on his return.

Simunovic meanwhile appears to have suffered a reaction to his ongoing knee issues after featuring on Thursday night.

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Speaking to BBC Sportsound on Radio Scotland (01/03, 14:26), Lennon said: “Jozo is out with a knee problem.

“Elyounoussi picked up a hamstring strain yesterday, so he didn’t make it.”

The attacker was one of our brighter players in the first half against Copenhagen at Celtic Park and his seven goals earlier in the season demonstrated the qualities he has but it’s a real shame that he hasn’t been able to be relied upon this season.

When it comes to making a decision on his long-term future at Celtic Park and whether or not to sign him permanently, his fitness issues don’t particularly bode well.

Celtic loan star Mohamed Elyounoussi / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Simunovic meanwhile will have noted that Nir Bitton had a solid game against St Johnstone today, slotting in effortlessly to the Hoops back three.

Hopefully, we hear more about these injuries from Lennon in the coming days.

Simunovic may not be the most popular after Thursday’s error but having both him and Elyounoussi available for the run-in adds real depth to the squad.