Izaguirre setback for Celtic

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed that full-back Emilio Izaguirre will be out of action for six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Last Updated: 07/11/12 at 19:13 Post Comment

Emilio Izaguirre: Out for six weeks

Emilio Izaguirre: Out for six weeks

More of the games that matter

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

Izaguirre suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw with Dundee United on Sunday, a game that also cost Celtic the services of centre-back Thomas Rogne, who hurt his calf.

They join a long list of injured players who will miss Wednesday's Champions League date with Barcelona at Celtic Park, with midfielder James Forrest (hamstring) and forward Lassad (groin) also ruled out.

Gary Hooper is a doubt but Lennon hopes to have Nou Camp scorer Giorgios Samaras and midfielder Scott Brown back among his options.

Lennon said: "It's hugely disruptive as they are big players, have been for a while and were pivotal to how we wanted to play on Wednesday, but we still have a strong team to play.

"It is important he (Samaras) makes it anyway. He has been unlucky this season with injuries. Obviously he came back from Barca & played very well until he picked up the ankle injury. We are hoping he is going to make kick-off.

"It will be a great occasion for the club. It's our anniversary and something we are very proud of. It's a pivotal year for us, a year of celebration, and this would be the crowning glory in that year.

"You have to play at your very best, with full concentration and great intensity.

Sometimes even then that's not enough but we'll have a full house.

"We played very well in Barcelona, and at home and the crowd will inspire the players. Tomorrow night is important. If we can get something out of the game it would give us a strong foothold in the group."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

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