Liel Abada is staring at a prolonged layoff after sustaining an injury.
This will reportedly keep him sidelined until next year, presenting a major setback for the club.
The injury occurred when Abada was on duty with the Israeli national team. While he was in training during the international break, he was injured and subsequently ruled out of the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Although he was sent back to Scotland for evaluation, the initial assessment, which suggested a minor thigh muscle strain, appears to have underestimated the gravity of his condition.
The latest reports emerging from Israel indicate that Abada might require another scan,and the estimated recovery period could stretch up to five months.Such a prolonged absence would mean Abada misses a significant portion of the Scottish Premiership and the entirety of the Champions League group stage. If these predictions hold true, the earliest Celtic fans might see Abada back on the pitch could be February or March. [Reports from Isreal via RecordSport]
He was included in Celtic’s Champions League squad, however, this would have been before the severity of his injury was known.
The news adds to the challenges Celtic faces, as they navigate their domestic and European commitments without one of their standout performers.