Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the knee injury Tom Rogic has picked up on international duty with Australia will not sideline him for too long.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder featured in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against South Korea at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
But Socceroos’ coach Graham Arnold revealed ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Lebanon at Stadium Australia in Sydney that he would not be involved because of a knee problem which he suffered in that game.
“There is a short turnaround to Tuesday’s match against Lebanon so Tom [Rogic] and Robbie [Kruse], who both performed well on Saturday evening but have minor knee and groin injuries respectively, won’t be risked,” he said.
Rogic will now return to Glasgow ahead of the Bhoys’ Scottish Premiership clash against Hamilton Academical on Saturday with the side looking to continue their good run of form which has taken them to the top of the table ahead of Hearts on goal difference.
He is a key part of Rodgers’ plans, scoring three goals in 11 Premiership matches so far this season, providing four assists, as the side have won five and drawn one of their last six league matches.
His absence would be a blow, but the fact Arnold described the injury as “minor” will give Celtic hope that any time on the sidelines will be short.
Celtic, who are 1.13 to retain the Scottish Premiership title this season, are 1.20 to win at Hamilton on Saturday, while the Accies are priced at 15.00 to pick up the three points and the draw is 7.00.