Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has given an update on Dedryck Boyata’s fitness after the Belgian defender limped out of today’s League Cup final against Aberdeen.
Not only did Boyata brutally collide heads with Dons winger Gary Mackay-Steven in the first half, the in-form 28-year-old later had to be substituted off for Jozo Simunovic with an apparent muscle injury.
Rodgers told The Daily Record: “It looks like he’s struggling with his hamstring.”
It’s unknown at this time how severe the injury is, but hamstring problems are rarely easily solvable and it looks like he could be missing a few matches at least.
The Hoops have a nightmare schedule over the next few weeks, with an avalanche of league fixtures surrounding a crucial match at home to Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League.
We will play eight matches before the turn of the year, starting with a trip to Motherwell on Wednesday.
It all culminates with one of the most important derbies in recent years at the end of December, with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers breathing down our necks in the Scottish Premiership.
Losing Boyata for any of these matches isn’t ideal considering his incredible form this season. Here’s hoping taking him off was simply a precaution.