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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company