Upcoming Celtic opponents Copenhagen have a long injury list in advance of their return from an extended winter break, Danish outlet Tipsbladet report.
The Danish side play their first competitive match since December this Friday, six days before hosting Celtic at Telia Parken in the Europa League Round of 32.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic squad are motoring right now, racking up the wins with important players like Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie now returning from injury rather than dropping out.
However, Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken has a number of problems.
Tipsbladet report today that three have been ruled out of their Friday clash against Esbjerg and another three are doubtful to play.
Jonas Wind, Nicolai Boilesen and Robert Mudrazija all won’t feature, with Viktor Fischer, Ragnar Sigurdsson and Jens Stage all doubtful.
Fischer could be key in knockout tie
Former Ajax star Fischer is a name that jumped out to Celtic fans immediately when the draw with Copenhagen was made.
He’s played against the Hoops four times for his former Dutch side, scoring in Amsterdam back in 2015 before assisting in a 2-1 Ajax win at Celtic Park in the same season.
The 25-year-old is also a key player for Copenhagen this season, making 32 appearances, assisting his teammates ten times and scoring five (Transfermarkt).
If he misses the first leg of our tie or isn’t fully fit it would be a big positive.
Also not ideal for Copenhagen is new signing Sigurdsson apparently not being quite up to speed.
The 94-cap Icelandic international signed for the club in January from Russian side Rostov with the aim of bolstering Solbakken’s centre-back options. It’s his second spell at the Danish outfit.
Lennon and his team will have to play at their best to overcome any Copenhagen eleven but if they are missing a bit of quality in key areas it will only aid us.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the status of their players as the fixture edges ever closer.