Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Paddy Roberts sustained injury against Motherwell mid-week will keep him out for at least three months.
Rodgers also confirmed that the tricky winger has returned to Manchester for treatment. That treatment could see him out of a Celtic jersey until early March. Then he’d need some time to work back into match sharpness.
It’s a long way away to be making any big calls but the one thing that is a fact is that Roberts is going to miss the best part of Celtic’s 2017/2018 season. Celtic fans craved a full-time signature from Roberts during the summer but only managed another loan deal. Roberts hasn’t reached the consistency that he did last season but this latest setback will hurt both the player and the team.
The Celtic manager said today:
“Pat’s going to be a period of time. It could be anything up to three months. He’s gone back down to Man City.
“They’ll have look at it as well and have another scan on it. It’s just unfortunate he picked up that injury and we’ll have to wait for the scan result. He’ll certainly be out for the foreseeable future.”
Luckily for Celtic James Forrest has been in fine form this season. Johnny Hayes hasn’t really featured for Celtic but this will be his chance to impress and prove his worth. We hope Roberts can make a speedy recovery, his absence will be missed, especially from his pal Tierney.