MIKAEL LUSTIG has admitted to playing through the pain barrier for his country and is now holding his breath whether it will come back to bite him.

The Swedish defender played in his country in the UEFA Nations League defeat to Turkey during the international break but could now regret playing on if it affects his Celtic career.

Speaking to Swedish media Aftonbladet the defender was gutted that a quickfire double at the death cost his country victory and admitted had it been a Friendly he would never have played.

“It was quite expected really. I already knew it at half time. It started to cramp and I knew already that it would only take a while.”

“Well, we’ll see that. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow and everything is fine.

“Hard to say now. Had it been a training match I would not have played.

“But I trained two days before and it felt so good.”

The Celtic coaching staff will assess the right back once he returns to Lennoxtown but with Celtic’s game being on Friday this week – it could be too soon for Lustig come straight back into the fold.

Cristian Gamboa would have to deputise assuming he comes back from International duty unscathed.

Rodgers takes his men to Paisley on Friday hoping a win will put pressure on Hearts at the top.


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