Celtic play down Kayal fears

Midfielder to see specialist over hernia problem

Kayal: Hernia problem

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Celtic have cooled reports that midfielder Beram Kayal is facing three months out of action through injury.

Reports have suggested Kayal was facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a recurrence of a hernia problem.

However, Celtic have moved to clear up the confusion and they insist the Israeli international will see a specialist before determining the full extent of his lay-off

"Celtic would like to clarify the current injury situation at the club to supporters following some inaccurate reporting in recent days," read a club statement.

"As yet, it's inaccurate to report that Beram Kayal will be out of action for three months.

"The player only underwent investigations on Friday when he had some scans and on Wednesday he will see a specialist in Yorkshire.

"Once the medical team have more information they will be able to get a better guideline until how long he will be out for and decide the best course of treatment.

Fitness update

The SPL leaders also gave a fitness bulletin on a number of their other players.

The statement added: "Meanwhile, contrary to reports, Niall McGinn has been training and is fighting for a place in the team. He is currently away on international duty.

"Paddy McCourt will return to training after the weekend, along with Thomas Rogne, who had suffered a very slight calf strain. Emilio Izaguirre is also expected to join them.

"James Forrest is making good progress from his ankle injury and the club are hopeful that he will train at some point in the following week.

"The medical team are also hopeful that Charlie Mulgrew will return to training next week following a hamstring strain."