James McCarthy, the Celtic midfielder, is expected to miss some time due to an injury he sustained in training before tonight’s Premiership match against Motherwell.
Following their 4-2 home victory over Dundee United last weekend, the Hoops are back in action with a match at Fir Park.
Celtic’s matchup tonight is their second to last before the World Cup break because Ange Postecoglou’s team will play Ross County on Saturday at home.
Unfortunately, it appears that one member of the Hoops’ team will miss tonight’s game due to an injury.
McCarthy has been sidelined with a “severe” hamstring injury, according to Postecoglou, who announced this ahead of the match against Motherwell.
The Celtic manager said: “James McCarthy, unfortunately, picked up a hamstring injury in training. He will miss out – it’s quite a significant one. Obviously with the break coming, he will be back training by the group [after the break].”
The 31-year-old has only played 62 minutes in five outings for the Bhoys this season across all competitions, which may indicate that he isn’t a very crucial member for the team.
Given that McCarthy has been performing admirably without him on the field for the bulk of the season, the injury blow looks to be more of a problem for McCarthy than for Celtic.
Postecoglou will still suffer from this setback, however, as it eliminates one option from his team, which might be even more frustrating if one of his other midfielders suffers an injury.
Therefore, the fact that the Hoops have a long break coming up is probably for the best since McCarthy will be able to heal without having to miss too many games.