Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed’s injury blow appears to have been reportedly solved.
The right-back came off in Lazio during the closing stages as he was clearly suffering from pain. Moritz Bauer came on for him, and that was the last we had heard about it until last night.
Elhamed posted on social media to let fans know that he had received “bad news” yesterday morning. This was posted on the player’s Instagram story. This was the full message the player sent out:
“Bad news this morning but I will come back stronger. Thank god always.”
And after hours of concern, it appears that the Sunday Mail has an answer on what’s going on. A report from MailSport has stated that Elhamed actually picked up a groin injury against Lazio. The report also states that the Israeli is likely to miss at least three weeks out with a knock.
Medics are apparently waiting to discover the full extent of the injury. A three-week layoff could also leave him as a slight doubt to face Rangers at Hampden on December 8th.
A blow on two fronts
Celtic have of course yet to reveal this officially. Neil Lennon has yet to provide us with an update on Elhamed’s situation.
However, if he is to miss out for at least three weeks, it’s a blow on two fronts. The Betfred Cup final against Rangers will be a key clash when it comes to momentum. Having him fit for that one is essential, and this injury would make him doubtful for that.
But it’s also a blow to our league campaign too. Lennon does have Bauer and Jeremie Frimpong in reserve. Both have proven they can deal with domestic opposition. However, it wouldn’t be ideal to have our number one right-back missing during such a hectic winter period.
Fortunately, we have an international break coming up after our home clash with Motherwell today. That will provide Elhamed with some time to recover without missing any games.
Celtic also don’t need to worry about him missing key Europa League games. Given the fact we’ve already qualified for the last-32, there’s no overwhelming need for him to play against Rennes or Cluj respectively.
Frimpong hasn’t been registered for the Europa squad, however (UEFA). That means that Kristoffer Ajer may need to be our right-back cover should anything happen to Bauer.