Marian Shved’s injury timescale hasn’t been revealed as of yet, but one big problem does arise from his knock.
The Ukrainian was sent home from international duty after injuring his ankle during a training session with his national team (Daily Record).
As it stands, Neil Lennon hasn’t been able to give an update on what’s going on considering club football is on hold. His pre-match presser for the trip to Hamilton Accies on Saturday, however, could give us the answers we seek on Shved.
And if his injury is for any real length of time, Celtic will actually be seriously short down the right. With the Ukrainian injured, only James Forrest would be available to feature at right-wing.
Incredibly, despite all of our wide options, we have just two who can play in that position naturally.
Mohamed Elyounoussi, Mikey Johnston, Lewis Morgan, Scott Sinclair, and Daniel Arzani are all natural left-wingers. Even though Morgan and Elyounoussi have played on the right in the past, it’s not their natural positions. Morgan, in particular, has struggled down that side of the pitch.
Marian Shved’s injury puts a spotlight on right-mid
Of course, if Shved is only out for the short-term then this can be put on the shelf for now. However, what if Forrest was to injure himself against Belgium tonight? Celtic wouldn’t actually have a natural right-winger available to them.
It will be interesting, therefore, to see if Lennon decides to dip back into the market in January for more cover there. Even if we have a host of left-wingers at our disposal, we could maybe do with one more down the right. Outside of Forrest and Shved, nobody is a natural in the position.
Elyounoussi you have to imagine would be the favourite for a spot if anything happened to Forrest. That could be the route Lennon goes down between now and January. But it would be ideal to have one more natural right-winger in there so this doesn’t become a problem in the future.
Shved has only made one appearance for Celtic this season, and actually scored in it. His strike against Nomme Kalju was one to remember for him, but he’s played back-up to Forrest ever since.
The Hoops have been fortunate in that Jimmy has been injury-free so far this season. However, given his problems with knocks in the past, Celtic could perhaps do with one more addition for cover this January.
It’s early days with regards to preparing a January wishlist of course. But, in any case, there’s no denying there’s a small issue whenever Shved or Forrest get injured.