Celtic’s Europa League opponents Bayern Leverkusen have suffered a ‘major injury’ blow as Argentinian international Exequiel Palacios was ruled out of the trip to Parkhead.

As reported by the Daily Record, the 22-year old was forced off against Ferencvaros on Thursday after picking up ankle ligament damage, and the injury has now ruled him out of the Bundesliga sides away fixture against Celtic in two weeks time.

Palacios played his part in Leverkusen’s comeback to defeat the Hungarian side 2-1 on Thursday, scoring the first goal to get them back in the game.

Last summer, the midfielder completed a £15 million move to Germany and has become a regular feature in the side under manager Gerardo Gerardo Seoane.

He admitted that the injury to 15-time capped internationalist was a blow, as Seoane called for other players in the squad to step up.

“It’s an unfortunate situation because Exequiel has been a big part of the way we play and he will be missing for some time.

“So we need other players to step up and make an impression now.”

Celtic face the tough test of Leverkusen, making the trip to Glasgow on the 30th of September, in what could be a good chance for Postecoglou and his squad to set down an early marker in this group, with a good result against the German side.


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