AC Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the Celtic game after picking up a hamstring injury that will sideline him for at least 10 days, Sky Sport Italia reports.
The Swedish striker came off against Napoli last night with an injury to his left hamstring, and Sky has reported that he will now be given tests in 10 days, after which Milan will hope to have a recovery date.
Sky have also therefore claimed that Ibra will definitely miss the upcoming games against Lille, Fiorentina, and indeed Celtic. The Hoops are due to travel to the San Siro on December 3rd in Europa League action, with Ibrahimovic in absolutely electric form so far this season.
He may not have scored at Celtic Park in Milan’s 3-1 win last month, but he does have 11 goals in 10 games overall this season (Transfermarkt).
Sky also say that winger Alexis Saelemaekers suffered an ankle injury that forced him to come off against Napoli after 73 minutes. It remains to be seen if he’ll be fit for Celtic’s trip to Italy next week too.
Could be a game-changer, but Milan have plenty other threats
Celtic still have crucial fixtures against Sparta Prague and Ross County before they take the daunting trip to Italy’s most iconic stadium. However, if we allow ourselves to look ahead for a moment, you can understand why Ibrahimovic missing will provide fans with slight relief.
Not too much of course. Rade Krunic, Brahim Diaz, and Jans Petter Hauge were the men who did the damage in Glasgow last month. Ibra was largely quiet, which shows that him being out does anything but guarantee Celtic a more routine eveningin Milan.
We also have to make sure that the game even means something by the time we go there. As things stand, Celtic are bottom of their Europa League group and five points behind the Rossoneri.
In order for this match to have any meaning for us, we have to win in Prague whilst effectively hoping that Lille managed to beat the Serie A leaders on matchday four this week.
Had Ibrahimovic been missing last month, I would’ve been the first to say that it wasn’t a boost for us as we want to be testing ourselves against the elite level players. However, we’ll take a morale-booster wherever we can get it these days. Coming up against the likes of Ibra, and in the form he’s in, is the last thing we need at the moment.
Not that the game on December 3rd is going to be straightforward regardless.