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Sport Davies confirms Rogic will not start against Zenit

19:56  13 february  2018
19:56  13 february  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Stuart Armstrong set to be fit for Zenit clash

  Stuart Armstrong set to be fit for Zenit clash Celtic lost an integral part of their midfield in January when Stuart Armstrong was sidelined after undergoing a hernia operation but the Scotland international is set for an extraordinarily quick return to the side. The Daily Record note that Armstrong has recovered quickly from his surgery and could be in line for a return to the side in time for Celtic’s Europa League last 32 clash with Zenit St. Petersburg on February 15th. Armstrong has four goals and five assists so far this season and his presence in midfield was a big miss for the Bhoys during their shock 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock last time out. The 25-year-old is part of a lengthy injury list for Celtic at the moment that includes fellow midfielders Patrick Roberts and Tom Rogic who are both expected to return at some point in the next fortnight, while winger Jonny Hayes is out for the season after breaking his leg. Striker Leigh Griffiths is set to miss the next few weeks with a calf injury, while both Marvin Compper and Anthony Ralston could return in time for the Zenit clash also, but Craig Gordon is unlikely to return before April.

Davies confirmed the former Partick Thistle and Wigan defender is in contention to start against Roberto Mancini's Russian outfit in the last-32 first leg tie at Parkhead and claimed Team news. Tom Rogic 's hopes of returning to action in time to face Zenit St Petersburg appear to have been dashed.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair did not start the first leg against Zenit . Team news. Tom Rogic is in contention to feature for Celtic after making his first appearance since December 5 against St Johnstone.

Assistant manager Chris Davies has confirmed that Tom Rogic will not feature in Celtic’s starting eleven for the first leg against Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday, as reported by Daily Record.

The attacking midfielder was an unused sub in the win over Patrick Thistle last weekend and was unable to get some game time with the development squad on Monday after their match against Motherwell was called off due to snow.

Brendan Rodgers had hoped to see Rogic out on the pitch before the Russians came to Glasgow but now, unfortunately, the Australian will not quite have the match fitness to start the game.

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A knee injury saw the midfielder miss Celtic’s busy festive period and his slow recovery has forced out of the side for around two months with his last appearance coming in the home defeat to Anderlecht in December.

Blow for Rogic as U23's game is postponed

  Blow for Rogic as U23's game is postponed Both Celtic and Tom Rogic have been dealt a blow with the news that the club’s U-23’s game against Motherwell has been postponed. The Daily Record reports that the club’s U-23s were due to play this evening and Rogic was set to feature. The midfielder was set to play in an attempt to boost his fitness as he eyes a come back in Thursday night’s game against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. Snow at Morton’s ground means that the game against Motherwell will not take place tonight. A serious knee injury has kept Rogic out of the Celtic side for some time, he has not featured in the Scottish Premiership since early December. Rogic was named on the bench against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup at the weekend, but the player did not feature in the game. Rodgers nearly brought the player on in the second half but then decided to play Eboue Kouassi rather than the 25-year-old.

Celtic go up against Zenit tonight in a huge first leg match of their Europa League last-32 tie. The Australian footballer is back fit and some fan may be keen to see him thrown straight into the team, but surely it’s too early for Rogic to start in a game like this.

Zenit St Petersburg won five of the Europa League group games, and drew one. Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies says Zenit St Petersburg are Champions League-quality opponents. Rogic and Ivanovich poised to miss out.

Speaking to the media, Davies confirmed that Rogic will be unable to start but hinted that he could make an appearance off the bench and also be an important asset for the Hoops in the second leg in Russia next week.

“Tom’s a little bit further on (than some of the other injured players) in that he’s had a couple of week’s training and he’s going to be hopefully available in a week or so.”

“Ideally there was a development game he was going to play in because he needs to get some minutes. That’s usually the process players go through on their return.”

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

There’s little doubt that Celtic have missed the creative strengths of the 25-year-old but with Charly Musonda and Callum McGregor available for the game, Rodgers should have enough options for the number 10 role on Thursday.

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Team news: Zenit St Petersburg vs Celtic .
Celtic will be looking to progress to the last-16 of the Europa League when they travel to face Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg on Thursday. After an impressive performance and win over Zenit, the Scottish champions laboured to their seventh domestic draw of the season, although moved one point further clear at the top of the table. Roberto Mancini’s side won’t play a domestic game again until next month and have been preparing for the last week ahead of the 6pm kick-off. The winner will progress to the last-16 draw, which will take place on Friday 23 February at 12pm. Celtic Scott Brown will return to the team following his one-game domestic ban. Patrick Roberts is closer to a comeback after getting the go ahead from his parent club to return to action from a hamstring problem. Stuart Armstrong is still out of action after undergoing a hernia operation along with Dedryck Boyata, who is out of action until March with a groin injury. Leigh Griffiths and Marvin Compper are both out with calf injuries and have no known return date. Nir Bitton, Craig Gordon and Michael Johnston will likely be out of action for the remainder of the season with a knee and thigh injury, respectively. Long-term absentee Jonny Hayes is out with a broken leg. Zenit St Petersburg The Russian side have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game and have a fully fit squad.

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