In a concerning update for Celtic fans, winger Liel Abada has been released from the Israeli national team camp and sent back to Scotland for medical assessment. [SunSport] This move confirms that Abada will take no part in Israel’s Euro 2024 qualifiers during the current international break.
It was reported on Friday that Abada would undergo a scan before the Israeli camp decided on what to do, but this update clearly means it’s an injury that needs to be treated.
Initially called up for Israel’s key clashes against Romania and Belarus, the Celtic star’s hopes were dashed when he suffered an injury during training. Israel’s Head Coach Alon Hazan had earlier reported that Abada felt a “pinch in his muscle,” sparking immediate concerns.
The situation now necessitates a closer examination by Celtic’s medical team, making his immediate return to Scotland a priority. This comes at a time when Brendan Rodgers could least afford to lose another key player, with crucial matches on the horizon. The Hoops are set to face Feyenoord in the Champions League on Tuesday, September 19, only three days after they return to domestic league action against Dundee.
Abada’s absence from these pivotal games would be a significant setback for Celtic, given his impact so far this season. The Israeli winger had stepped up admirably to fill the void left by Jota, becoming a reliable contributor in the club’s attacking setup.
As the Celtic community anxiously awaits the results of Abada’s medical assessment, the hope is that this setback is only a minor hiccup in what has been an otherwise promising season for both the player and the club. The importance of his swift recovery cannot be overstated as Celtic embark on both domestic and European campaigns.