Mikael Lustig injury scare adds to Celtic's defensive worries

Celtic's defensive problems have taken a turn for the worse after Mikael Lustig and Jozo Simunovic suffered injury scares.

Mikael Lustig in action for Celtic. The defender sat out a Sweden training session after an injury scare. Picture: John Devlin
Mikael Lustig in action for Celtic. The defender sat out a Sweden training session after an injury scare. Picture: John Devlin

The pair, who are on international duty with Sweden and Bosnia & Herzegovina respectively, have both missed training this week.

Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet reported that right-back Lustig was forced to watch on in training after suffering a knock and could miss their qualifiers against Luxembourg and Holland, though it is suggested it may only have been a precaution.

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The Bosnian FA earlier confirmed Simunovic would definitely miss the games against Belgium and Estonia after suffering a torn hamstring, leaving him a major doubt to make Celtic’s Champions League trip to face Bayern Munich.

Mikael Lustig in action for Celtic. The defender sat out a Sweden training session after an injury scare. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has already faced a defensive crisis this season, with Dedryck Boyata only recently returning to action following a knee injury.

Right-back Anthony Ralston has been struggling with a knee problem and Erik Sviatchenko returned to training last week following two months out, also with knee damage.

Jozo Simunovic suffered a hamstring tear. Picture: John Devlin
Mikael Lustig in action for Celtic. The defender sat out a Sweden training session after an injury scare. Picture: John Devlin
Jozo Simunovic suffered a hamstring tear. Picture: John Devlin