Sport Davies confirms Rogic will not start against Zenit

19:56  13 february  2018
19:56  13 february  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Blow for Rogic as U23's game is postponed

  Blow for Rogic as U23's game is postponed Both Celtic and Tom Rogic have been dealt a blow with the news that the club’s U-23’s game against Motherwell has been postponed. The Daily Record reports that the club’s U-23s were due to play this evening and Rogic was set to feature. The midfielder was set to play in an attempt to boost his fitness as he eyes a come back in Thursday night’s game against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. Snow at Morton’s ground means that the game against Motherwell will not take place tonight. A serious knee injury has kept Rogic out of the Celtic side for some time, he has not featured in the Scottish Premiership since early December. Rogic was named on the bench against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup at the weekend, but the player did not feature in the game. Rodgers nearly brought the player on in the second half but then decided to play Eboue Kouassi rather than the 25-year-old.

Tom Rogic won’t be risked against Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday, according to Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies , who admitted that the game had come too soon for the Australian playmaker.

It now remains to be seen if Rogic will feature against Zenit , with the likelihood being that Rodgers will not risk him in a match of such intensity in what will be his first match since December 5. Show Comments.

Assistant manager Chris Davies has confirmed that Tom Rogic will not feature in Celtic’s starting eleven for the first leg against Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday, as reported by Daily Record.

The attacking midfielder was an unused sub in the win over Patrick Thistle last weekend and was unable to get some game time with the development squad on Monday after their match against Motherwell was called off due to snow.

Brendan Rodgers had hoped to see Rogic out on the pitch before the Russians came to Glasgow but now, unfortunately, the Australian will not quite have the match fitness to start the game.

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A knee injury saw the midfielder miss Celtic’s busy festive period and his slow recovery has forced out of the side for around two months with his last appearance coming in the home defeat to Anderlecht in December.

Team news: Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg

  Team news: Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg Celtic return to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday for the first time since 2015 when they take on Zenit St Petersburg. Brendan Rodgers, fresh off his sides win over Partick Thistle at the weekend, will take charge of his first European knock-out tie for the Hoops in the 8:05pm kick-off. The Russian side haven’t played a competitive game since December and currently sit second in the league table, eight points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow. Over their winter break Roberto Mancini’s side have played six friendlies, winning five of them. The two managers have met 11 times during their time in England, winning five games each and drawing once. Celtic Tom Rogic won’t be fit to start on Thursday and is unlikely to play any role in the game but will return to action within the next week. Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong are still out of action along with Dedryck Boyata who is out of action until March with a groin injury. Anthony Ralston played his first competitive game last week for the u20’s and is closer to returning to action for the first-team. Leigh Griffiths and Marvin Compper are both out with calf injuries and have no known return date. Craig Gordon and Michael Johnston could be out of action for the remainder of the season with a knee and thigh injury, respectively. Long-term absentee Jonny Hayes is out with a broken leg. Zenit St Petersburg Branislav Ivanovic is dealing with an eye injury and could miss the first leg clash in Glasgow.

Celtic's hopes of giving Tom Rogic game time ahead of the Europa League tie with Zenit St After the 3-2 win against Partick Thistle on Saturday, Rodgers had revealed that he was ready to bring Rogic off the Please tick the box below to confirm your subscription. Thanks for subscribing to our 'Sports'

CONFIRMED : Celtic Team V Brechin – Edouard Starts . 3 COMMENTS. Kevbhoy September 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm. I think rogic should start .Celtic are 12/1 with coral to win ? CELTIC have drawn against Zenit in the Europa League.

Speaking to the media, Davies confirmed that Rogic will be unable to start but hinted that he could make an appearance off the bench and also be an important asset for the Hoops in the second leg in Russia next week.

“Tom’s a little bit further on (than some of the other injured players) in that he’s had a couple of week’s training and he’s going to be hopefully available in a week or so.”

“Ideally there was a development game he was going to play in because he needs to get some minutes. That’s usually the process players go through on their return.”

“He’s had some good training and he’s on his way back from being out for a while.”

There’s little doubt that Celtic have missed the creative strengths of the 25-year-old but with Charly Musonda and Callum McGregor available for the game, Rodgers should have enough options for the number 10 role on Thursday.

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Celtic's injury crisis deepens as Nir Bitton is ruled out for the season .
As confirmed by The Telegraph, Celtic defender Nir Bitton is the latest casualty in an injury-hit season for the Hoops as the Israeli will require surgery on a knee injury that could see him miss the rest of the season. With a huge tie against Zenit St. Petersburg just around the corner, Brendan Rodgers will have to cope with a depleted squad as numerous of his star players are unavailable. With Marvin Compper ineligible to play in Europe and Dedryck Boyata struggling with a groin problem, it looks as if youngster Kristoffer Ajer or new signing Jack Hendry could be thrown in to play despite a real lack of experience at this level. Speaking to the media, Rodgers confirmed another player lost to the treatment table, making up a list of players that could rival any team in the country and talked of his hope to see some of his key men return soon after an unlucky spell. “They could have won a treble last year! Overall, this year has been – in terms of injuries – tough. Nir Bitton will probably be out for the season which is a blow for us. He has an issue with his knee and probably needs an operation and that is probably him for the rest of the season. It is a shame for Nir because he has been an important member of our squad. We are hoping some of the others will be back sooner rather than later.” Another player who looks set to miss the first leg in Glasgow against Zenit is Tom Rogic. The Australian hasn’t had any real game time since December so is unlikely to start but Rodgers will be hoping the creative midfielder can play a part in Russia next week.

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