TOM ROGIC will not play any part in Australia’s second friendly against Lebanon on Tuesday freeing the player up to head back to Celtic sooner than expected.

However, it’s not all good news as the Australian midfielder is sitting out the game because of a ‘minor knee injury’ –  a big blow to Celtic if the player needs treatment upon his return.

Rogic has had a lot of game time in the past three months and has been performing to a very high standard.

With a run of eleven games for Celtic between the 24th November to 29th December, it’s imperative Brendan Rodgers has one of his star players for that mega run.

Speaking about the Celtic midfielder, Australia boss confirmed why he was not going to play Tom on Tuesday.

“There is a short turnaround to Tuesday’s match against Lebanon so Tom Rogic and Robbie Kruse, who both performed well on Saturday evening but have minor knee and groin injuries respectively, won’t be risked.” Arnold admitted to Sunsport.

It seems to be precautionary with the way Arnold has worded his statement.

Celtic will assess the player upon his return BUT Rodgers did make it clear last week that a number of his international Celts would not be considered for the Hamilton tie.

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