In what can only be described as a blow to Celtic’s short-term ambitions, SunSport has reported that Hoops winger Liel Abada will be sidelined for approximately a month due to his recently sustained injury.

Abada had been sent back to Scotland from the Israeli national team camp for medical evaluation, and it appears the prognosis isn’t favourable.

This extended absence couldn’t come at a worse time for Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic squad. The Hoops face a daunting schedule ahead, including a critical Champions League fixture against Feyenoord on September 19 and various domestic league matches. Abada’s presence on the field will be sorely missed.

Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – Celtic v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland – July 29, 2023 Celtic’s Liel Abada in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Nunes REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne REFILE – CORRECTING EVENT

The Israeli international had been filling the void left by Jota in a commendable fashion, proving himself to be a key asset in Celtic’s attacking plans. His month-long hiatus will now force Rodgers to rethink his strategies and potentially rely more heavily on new signings.

While the news is undoubtedly disheartening, it also serves as a call to action for the rest of the team. Other players will have to step up and fill the void left by Abada’s absence, making sure the team doesn’t lose its momentum in both domestic and European competitions.


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