Celtic defender Jack Hendry could miss out on Euro 2020 and will find out the extent of his injury in the coming days, according to the Daily Record.
Hendry suffered a shocking challenge at the hands of Mehdi Carcela during KV Oostende’s 6-2 mauling of Standard Liege. The incident saw the Standard player sent off, with Hendry limping off after being caught on the ankle.
The Record reports that the Scotland international has severe swelling and stud marks on his right leg. However, it’s the impact of his resulting fall that appears to have done the most damage.
The report claims that there could be cartilage or ligament damage around the shoulder area. He now has to wait for an MRI scan which he’ll find out the results of within the next 24-48 hours. If he’s suffered a tear, it could see Jack out of action for several months – ending both his season and his Euro 2020 hopes.
You can see the challenge for yourself below:
"Hopelijk valt de blessure van Jack Hendry mee na de donker donker rode fout van Carcela." pic.twitter.com/SIZXcWteIR
— KV Oostende (@kvoostende) May 2, 2021
Celtic defender Jack Hendry needs Euro 2020 shot
As much as he’s had a superb season on loan with Oostende, it’s the Euro 2020 carrot that he could’ve used the most.
Hendry managed to make Steve Clarke’s last Scotland squad back in March. The Celtic man would face off against both Austria and Israel respectively. It set him up nicely for a potential call-up for this summer’s European Championships.
Of course, there’s no guarantee Hendry would’ve been selected in any case. He didn’t play any part in the qualifying campaign, and therefore Clarke could easily have chucked him back out of the squad due to loyalty reasons.
But he was in a good place. And Saturday’s shocking challenge from Carcela has given Hendry a major worry. And it’s not just Euro 2020 that he has to worry about either.
If Jack is out for several months, it ruins any chance he would’ve had to impress the next Celtic manager. With his future up in the air, nobody knows where he’ll be next season. But a nasty tear could put clubs off buying him whilst his pre-season opportunity in Glasgow would be gone too.
Hopefully, for all of those reasons, his MRI scan comes back with some positive news. Given the season he’s had, he certainly deserves it.