Celtic’s Europa League opponents on Thursday are reportedly set to be without four first-team options due to injury.

In recent weeks, the German side has faced a tough run of form but appear to now be getting themselves back on track in the Bundesliga, picking up a 1-0 victory over VFL Bochum on Saturday.

Despite these injury issues to four of his first-team squad, Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane is insistent that his squad are now back on track.

“I think the international break came at a good time for us. It gave us time to regroup,” Seoane said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We know we didn’t live up to expectations in terms of the points we collected before the break, but we also knew there have been circumstances through injuries that contributed to this.

“We deserved to win and created the most chances. It’s great for us to go back to winning matches.

“The players who have been injured are getting closer to fitness, and we will have a look at them all this week. But I am happy with the group I have at the moment.”

Thursday’s game between the two sides could prove crucial over Celtic’s chances of reaching the next stage of the Europa League.

Ange Postecoglou will go into this one full of confidence, given his side just reached the final of the Premier Sports cup, added in with the momentum they have been building in recent months.

The last meeting between the teams saw Leverkusen come out with a 4-0 win in September.

Since that game, we have witnessed improvements under Postecoglou, with this group of players really turning a corner.

Fingers crossed, we can get something out of the game and set up a final showdown in the group stage, with Real Betis at the beginning of December.


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