Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Cameron Carter-Vickers will be available for the game against Ross County this weekend.
The defender was not in the matchday squad for the 2-1 win over St Mirren in midweek. However, Rodgers has said that Carter-Vickers was simply being rested and he is likely to feature in the Hoops’ next fixture:
“It was the game plan to bring him out. He’s still working on his knee and some of the issues around that. He’s played a lot of games in a small period so this is a chance for him to recover and be ready for the weekend and beyond that.”
Fans will be delighted to hear that Carter-Vickers has not suffered any major fitness setback but it is concerning that the American international is still having to manage his knee.
The defender underwent an operation in the summer to address the problem after he spent most of last season playing through the pain barrier. Hopefully, the issue doesn’t cause him to miss more matches this season.
Which other Celtic players are sidelined with injuries?
At the moment, there are four members of the first-team squad on the sidelines. Rodgers confirmed earlier this week that Reo Hatate will be out until Christmas with a hamstring problem.
The Japanese international sustained the injury in the first half of the 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
James McCarthy has also been having issues with his hamstrings and the Irishman is not expected to be back in contention until later this month. Liel Abada, meanwhile, is likely to return from a thigh injury in the New Year.
There is some good news, with Stephen Welsh back out on the training pitch. The centre-back had to undergo surgery after damaging ankle ligaments but he is now closing on his first-team comeback.