Blow for Celtic as Leigh Griffiths hit by new injury in training

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Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has suffered yet another injury setback which could see him sidelined for the rest of the month.

The 27-year-old was plagued by calf and hamstring problems last season and has started just two games since January.

Injury setback: Leigh Griffiths. Picture: SNS Group

Injury setback: Leigh Griffiths. Picture: SNS Group

Griffiths had a “tidy-up” hernia operation at the end of May before giving up a summer holiday in the close season to do extra work in the gym.

However, his bid to reclaim a place in Celtic’s attack, where he is behind French duo Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard in the pecking order, has seen him pick up a thigh strain in training.

“Leigh is probably two or three weeks away,” said Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. “We’ll know more in a few weeks. It’s unfortunate for him but that’s how football works.

“For any player when you miss a period of pre-season it’s always difficult, especially if you’ve worked hard.

“You want to be at a good level and get as much of your fitness in during this period.”

Celtic continue to step up their fitness by hosting Standard Liege in a friendly tomorrow and Rodgers hinted that Dembele and Edouard are likely to play a part in that game.