Celtic will not be able to call upon James Forrest for the foreseeable future after the manager confirmed the winger needs surgery.

Forrest went off injured in a Celtic European qualifier and hasn’t been seen since.

His injury was proving a mystery, so much so, James was sent to a specialist last week to dig deeper into his problem. The prognosis isn’t great and surgery is required for a stress fracture on his ankle.

Lennon confirmed to SunSport:

“He requires surgery, so that will hopefully take place next week and get that tidied up but he’ll be out for a period of time.

“I don’t know how long, it will depend on how successful the surgery is. It’s a stress fracture in the ankle.”

With the Celtic manager unsure of the recovery time, it’s a safe bet we won’t see the midfielder any time soon, and possible not before Christmas.

James has been a major player for Celtic in our current trophy-laden run and it’s a massive blow to have him out for as long as he’s going to be.

Ryan Christie looks like he will take up his position for the time being.

Celtic are up against Aberdeen in the semi-final of the Scottish cup today and will be looking for get to the final where another treble could await.


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