Defender Filip Benkovic is set to undergo a scan on a potential Achilles injury after pulling out of Celtic’s match against Kilmarnock on Sunday afternoon.
The 21-year-old Croatian was named in the starting line-up for the Rugby Park fixture but was replaced by Jack Hendry before kick-off having felt a problem in the warm up.
Speaking after the match, Brendan Rodgers revealed that the player suffered a similar injury eight months ago and that they took the precaution not to play him ahead of a scan to find out the extent of the problem.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Hoops boss said:
He unfortunately felt it in the warmup.
He had an issue with it eight months ago. On the surface he felt it tighten so he wasn’t fit to play.
We will have to see how that is. Hopefully it’s not too bad. From being injured before he perhaps felt the same sensation.
It was right he didn’t want to risk it. He will have a scan and we will see where we are at.
Losing the Leicester City loanee for any length of time would be a real blow to the squad considering his impressive showing in UEFA Europa League action last Thursday night. He was already looking like he could form an impressive partnership with Dedryck Boyata.
With Jack Hendry failing to convince against Killie, Kristoffer Ajer sidelined with a virus and Jozo Simunovic recovering from a knee injury, the Hoops need all the help they can get at the back right now.
Here’s hoping the issue facing Benkovic is not at all serious.
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