Injury News: Dedryck Boyata set to return to Celtic fold on Saturday after groin issue

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed to Celtic TV following his side’s 4-0 Scottish Premiership win against St Mirren on Wednesday night that defender Dedryck Boyata missed out because of a groin injury, and The Scottish Sun reported on Thursday that he is expected to return for the league clash against Hamilton on Saturday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite playing 90 minutes in the SFA Cup win against Airdrie last weekend, The Scottish Sun reported that the Belgium international picked up an injury, which the Bhoys boss confirmed was a minor groin issue after he missed out on the squad for the success against St Mirren.

There would undoubtedly have been a lot of talk about whether his exclusion was down to a potential January exit given his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but that was quickly denied by the former Liverpool chief.

Speaking to Celtic TV, the 45-year-old said: “To be fair there’s nothing in it, I know you would like to write something like he’s on his way somewhere but, no, he was just a wee bit tight in his groin.”

Kristoffer Ajer came into the starting XI to replace the 27-year-old and partner Filip Benkovic, and he certainly staked his claim to remain in the side with an impressive display as he helped his team to keep a clean sheet to stay at the top of the Scottish top-flight standings.

What will happen against Hamilton?

If Boyata is back as has been reported by The Scottish Sun, then it is likely that he will make an instant return to the starting XI.

He and Benkovic have established themselves as the Glasgow giants’ undoubted first-choice centre-back pairing this term, and with the Scottish Premiership title race wide open as things stand, Rodgers certainly can’t risk not having the reliable duo at the heart of his defence.

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