Injury rules Celtic striker Oh Hyeon-gyu out for up to six weeks

The forward injured his calf in the friendly against Athletic Bilbao.

Celtic forward Oh Hyeon-gyu has suffered an injury that is likely to rule him out until after the international break.

The South Korean striker injured his calf during James Forrest’s testimonial against Athletic Bilbao and now faces up to six weeks on the sideline.

Brendan Rodgers revealed the extent of the injury ahead of his side’s Premiership match against Aberdeen on Sunday, and gave an update on other Celtic players who are working back to fitness.

“Oh will probably be out for a few weeks,” Rodgers said. “He hurt his calf against Athletic Bilbao but no one knew and he trained on.

“He was involved in the game at the weekend and then he trained on the Sunday and afterwards he spoke to the medical team to say he felt his calf and it has ended up that he has a calf problem which might put him out for four to six weeks. So that’s where he is at.

“Apart from that, the injured guys are doing really well.

“Ali Johnston is back on the grass, running, working, he is increasing his intensity so that is really good news for us.

“Marco Tilio is also now out on the grass and moving well so we expect him to be another month or so away. He’s out on the grass which is a big step forward for him.”

Rodgers also gave an update on Carl Starfelt’s expected move to Spain, saying that the deal was “progressing” but that there was “nothing definitive” as yet.

The Celtic boss confirmed that he will go into the transfer market to replace the Swedish stopper, but declined to comment on the club’s interest in Elfsborg centre-back Gustaf Lagerbielke. he stressed that there could be a variety of options under consideration as a replacement for Starfelt.

“Clearly if we lose a centre-half I want to bring in another one, but I have got nothing to add,” Rodgers said.

“There’s probably a few other names that will be mixed in there and if I spoke about every one we might be here for a little while.

“There is a number that we are looking at, but nothing definitive.

“There are other areas I would like to improve on.”

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