Red Bull Arena

Next Game

Salzburg v Celtic

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 18:00

Europa League Group D

Celtic Park

Last Game

Celtic 2 - 1 Aberdeen

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 12:45

Scots Prem

Lustig out for four months

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig faces four months on the sidelines after undergoing a double hip operation.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 10:34 Post Comment

Mikael Lustig: Ruled out for four months

Mikael Lustig: Ruled out for four months

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Manager Neil Lennon revealed the Sweden right-back had been playing through the pain barrier for several months.

With his country failing to reach the World Cup finals and Celtic out of the Champions League, the decision was taken to undergo surgery.

"Lustig had surgery and will be out for four months," said Lennon. "He had both hips done.

"The procedure was a bit more in-depth than first thought. We are hoping he will be back around March-April time.

"He had a lot of work done so it makes his recent performances even more remarkable really. His movement was restricted and he was in a lot of pain after games so it needed doing.

"Hopefully he will come back an even better player which would be brilliant for us."

Lennon will also be without injured quintet Charlie Mulgrew, Dylan McGeouch, Steven Mouyokolo, Derk Boerrigter, Baram Kayal for Saturday's Scottish Premiership meeting with Hearts.

With Celtic seven points clear at the summit, Lennon intends on rotating his squad during the busy Christmas period.

"The tournament is academic," said the Northern Irishman. "We will use it as a training game more than anything else.

"We have a really heavy schedule from the middle of July right through to end of this month so opportunity there to take some time off and take players away.

"We found the benefit of it last year and feel this year will be no different."

Meanwhile, Lennon had no update regarding the futures of Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley.

The duo's contracts expire next summer and Lennon is keen to keep them at the club.

"The ball is very much in their court," said Lennon. "It's getting to the point where will be a lot of speculation.

"Their contracts are up in the summer and they are two players we don't want to go but we can't force them to stay.

"We are doing everything we can at the minute to do that. We have had no indication either way of what the players want to do."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

P

lease let this happen. I'll have it as a birthday AND Christmas present if that will help.

de gea bar
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho confirms Eden Hazard's Chelsea contract talks ongoing

Jose Mourinho is confident Eden Hazard will commit his future to Chelsea, with talks ongoing over a contract extension.

Daley Blind backs Louis van Gaal's brutally honest approach at Manchester United

Daley Blind says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's brutally honest manner is good for team-building.

Premier League: Manchester United winger Angel di Maria delighted with Old Trafford bow

Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was delighted with his Old Trafford debut after the 4-0 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property