Report: Leigh Griffiths injured; didn't travel with Celtic squad to Denmark
Leigh Griffiths has provided Celtic with yet another disappointment as he didn’t travel to Denmark, the Scottish Sun reports.
The newspaper claims that Griffiths pulled up in training on Monday with a calf complaint. This was deemed enough for him not to be taken to Denmark with the rest of the squad.
Griffiths has had problems with his calf muscles in the past. However, the last thing his Celtic career needs now is a prolonged spell on the sidelines. It’s unclear whether he’ll be fit for Saturday’s Premiership opener at Tynecastle.
The injury also comes days after manager Ange Postecoglou challenged him to win supporters over [Daily Record].
Griffiths was fortunate to receive a one-year extension earlier this summer. He’s even more fortunate to still be at the club following recent off-field events.
Leigh Griffiths not providing much value for Celtic so far
Ever since signing his new contract, there should only have been one thing on Griffiths’ mind. That was proving himself and making himself the club’s first-choice striker.
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Yes we’ve only just finished pre-season and are heading into our second game. That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been a poor start from him. Griffiths hasn’t made even a scintilla of impact against Midtjylland in our first UCL qualifier.
He’ll be given more time of course. Postecoglou has shown already that he’s willing to give Griffiths minutes. But even injuries like this will be enough to push some Celtic fans over the line with their patience towards him.
Griffiths simply can’t afford to be sidelined for too long. He has far too big and delicate of an opportunity to be crocked for another prolonged period.
Celtic will now head into the Midtjylland clash tomorrow with only two fit and available strikers. A highly inconvenient situation for Postecoglou, to say the least.
We’ll see what the next few weeks bring. But Griffiths has more than used up all his credit at Celtic Park. A swift return to action is absolutely crucial if he’s to remain at this football club.