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Europa League: Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg

Rogic was prepared to return on as a late substitute on Saturday earlier than a change of plans from supervisor Brendan Rodgers

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Celtic’s Europa League assembly with Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday will come too quickly for midfielder Tom Rogic.

The Australian, who has been lacking for 2 months with a knee downside, was an unused substitute for Saturday’s Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle.

Monday’s improvement sport at Cappielow was then referred to as off because of the wintry climate, denying Rogic sport time.

“He’s going to be hopefully available in a week or so,” stated assistant supervisor Chris Davies.

“He’s had some good training and he’s on his way back from being out for a while.”

Fellow midfielders Patrick Roberts, Stuart Armstrong and Jonny Hayes are additionally sidelined, as is goalkeeper Craig Gordon and former RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper, who’s each injured and ineligible for European competitors.

Striker Leigh Griffiths has not featured for the reason that recurrence of a calf downside in opposition to former workforce Hibernian on 27 January, with a four-week restoration forecast.

Central defender Dedryck Boyata was pressured off with a groin harm in opposition to Kilmarnock at first of this month, with supervisor Brendan Rodgers saying a return for the second leg in Russia was extra seemingly for the Belgian.

That may imply a debut in European competitors for Jack Hendry, the 22-year-old January signed from Dundee.

Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic (proper) is a serious harm doubt for Zenit St Petersburg

Fellow new arrival Charly Musonda can be vying for a begin, however the on-loan Chelsea midfielder is unlikely to face former Stamford Bridge team-mate Branislav Ivanovic.

The central defender is struggling to get well from an eye fixed harm, the 33-year-old Serbia captain being Zenit head coach Roberto Mancini’s solely health concern.

With the Russian Premier League on its winter break since December, Zenit have warmed up with coaching camps in Dubai and Turkey, finishing their preparations with a Three-1 win over Maribor in a pleasant in Antayla.

Anton Zabolotny, a 26-year-old striker who has scored 4 targets in 19 video games this season for Russian Premier League newcomers Tonso, is Zenit’s solely addition throughout the January switch window.

Russian media hypothesis has centred on whether or not former Italy and Manchester City boss Mancini, who took cost in June, will select between summer time signings Matias Kranevitter, previously of Atletico Madrid, and Leandro Paredes, beforehand of Roma, or play the Argentines as duel defensive midfielders in Glasgow.

Daler Kuzyaev, their summer time acquisition from Akhmat Grozny, is one other vying for that position however has additionally been utilized in the fitting aspect of defence.

Mancini not solely steered his aspect to the final 32 after ending high – and unbeaten – in a Europa League qualifying group containing Real Sociedad, Rosenborg and Vardar of Macedonia.

His aspect additionally lie second, eight factors behind Lokomotiv Moscow and forward of defending champions Spartak Moscow on aim distinction, of their home league.

Scottish champions Celtic, who lead the Premiership by eight factors, dropped into the Europa League after ending third of their Champions League group behind Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich however forward of Anderlecht.

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