Celtic have suffered another blow to their Scottish Premier League title hopes with the news midfielder Beram Kayal will miss the rest of the season.
The Israeli midfielder fractured a wrist during Wednesday night's 3-2 defeat at Inverness as the Bhoys relinquished the upper hand in the title race to Old Firm foes Rangers.
Celtic have confirmed on their official website the 23-year-old, who arrived at the Glasgow club last summer, requires surgery on the injury and is facing up to three months of rehabilitation.
Kayal will consequently miss the Hoops' key league clashes against Kilmarnock, Hearts and Motherwell, as well as the Scottish Cup final with Motherwell on May 21st.
A Celtic statement read: "Beram Kayal will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a fracture to his right wrist against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday evening.
"The midfielder had to be stretchered off deep into the second half of the 3-2 defeat in the Highlands after colliding with Caley defender Ross Tokely.
"He now requires surgery and faces a possible two to three months of rehabilitation.
"It is a setback for the Hoops as Kayal will not be available for the final three league fixtures or the Scottish Cup final at the end of the month."
Kayal's impressive performances for Celtic this term have inevitably attracted the attention of other clubs, with Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool thought to be interested.
But Hoops boss Neil Lennon said earlier this week he hopes Celtic will be able to keep the midfielder at the SPL club next season.
The manager has been full of praise for Kayal's impact after signing him from Maccabi Haifa last July, branding the Israeli as "world class" following Sunday's 4-1 win over Dundee United.
Kayal has made 34 appearances this term but now must watch from the sidelines as the Hoops seek to overhaul a one-point deficit at the top of the table, with the league season coming to a conclusion on May 15th.