Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed is a major doubt for Israel’s game with Latvia tomorrow night due to a virus, manager Andreas Herzog has confirmed.
The fullback played the full 90 minutes in Israel’s 3-1 loss to Austria on Thursday but Herzog says the defender hasn’t been back in training since then and has been laid low in his hotel room as he looks to recover from the illness:
“Hatem Abd Elhamed is sick and has been suffering from a virus. He’s not trained and in fact, hasn’t even left the team hotel. He’s not been able to eat with the rest of the group. Clearly, he’s a major doubt for the game.”
Celtic face Ross County on Saturday afternoon and Abd Elhamed is probably unlikely to feature in that game unless he gets back to 100% very quickly.
The 28-year-old has performed very well since moving from Hapoel Beet Sheva in July but he was an unused substitute in Celtic’s last two league games against Hibernian and Livingston.
It’s very likely that Moritz Bauer will continue to start at right-back if Abd Elhamed is ruled out of this weekend’s game. The Austrian has made four appearances after joining on loan from Stoke in September, providing two assists.