Leigh Griffiths having ‘extensive treatment’ ahead of Rosenborg clash

Leigh Griffiths is facing a race against time to be fit for the away leg in Norway. Picture: SNS
Leigh Griffiths is facing a race against time to be fit for the away leg in Norway. Picture: SNS
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Leigh Griffiths is undergoing “extensive treatment” to be fit for Celtic’s Champions League clash with Rosenborg in Norway next week, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

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The Hoops striker was suspended for the goalless first leg of the third qualifier at Parkhead on Wednesday night, but would have been ruled out anyway with a calf injury.

Celtic’s only other recognised centre forward, Moussa Dembele, is out until at least September with a recurring hamstring complaint.

Rodgers played midfielder Tom Rogic further forward to no avail against the Eliteserie leaders and the Hoops boss now faces a wait to see if Griffiths and defender Erik Sviatchenko, who missed out with a groin complaint, will be back for the return game in Trondheim

Ahead of a friendly at Sunderland on Saturday, where representatives of Celtic will make a £10,000 donation to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, Rodgers said: “We have to wait over the course of the weekend to see his reaction to his work outside. The same with Erik Sviatchenko. His scan was good so hopefully he will be fine too.

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“It is not rest (for Griffiths). It is a lot of extensive treatment on trying to get him fit, out on the field and seeing how his loading is to see if he is going to be fit to play.

“He needs to show that he is fit to play. He is working day and night with the medical team so hopefully we can get him back.

“He has been out on the field today which is good, but we have to see.

“There is still a wee bit of time to go before the game. We’ll see how he is over the weekend, and if he can get on to the field by Monday then there is every chance he could be involved.”

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