Celtic have been dealt a major injury blow concerning centre-back Carl Starfelt.
In a recent interview with Swedish publication Aftonbladet (via The Scotsman), the defender revealed that the hamstring injury he suffered in the second half of the 0-0 draw with Livingston on Saturday afternoon looks set to keep him out of action for a “couple of weeks.”
However, the report goes on to state that Celtic are yet to receive the official results of the 26-year-old’s scans, although Starfelt’s comments would not appear to bode well for the chances of the centre-back featuring in the Bhoys’ crucial Europa League clash against Ferencvarosi on Thursday.
Considering just how impressive Starfelt has been since making a £4.50m move to Parkhead this summer, the news that the defender looks set to miss this week’s Europa League fixture, as well as the clash with Dundee this Sunday, is sure to have left Celtic fans gutted.
Indeed, over his 11 Scottish Premiership appearances so far this season, the £2.7m-rated man has helped his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 3.7 clearances and winning 6.3 duels per game.
As such, being without the defender for any amount of time will undoubtedly come as a major blow to Ange Postecoglou and his side, especially as the Bhoys are approaching a crucial period of the season.
Indeed, with the fixture against Ferencvarosi this Thursday very much being a must-win if Celtic are to have any chance of qualifying from their Europa League group, the absence of Starfelt significantly reduces the Hoops chances of picking up three points against the Hungarian side – something that could well be a season-defining result for the 56-year-old manager.