Lennon bemoans Kayal treatment

Bhoys boss unhappy Israel FA did not reveal injury

Kayal: Damaged his ankle on international duty with Israel

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon is unhappy the Israel FA failed to inform the club that Beram Kayal damaged his ankle on international duty.

Kayal featured in Wednesday's 4-3 defeat to Ivory Coast, although he suffered an injury following a challenge by Didier Drogba.

Lennon is disappointed the first time the club learned of Kayal's injury was when he returned to Parkhead to be assessed.

The 23-year-old is now a major doubt to feature against Dundee United and Lennon knows this is not the first time the club have been given a raw deal.


"I am not happy with the Israeli FA, there has been a lack of communication between their medical team and my medical team," commented Lennon.

"Kayal got a bad one. It was a big impact from the tackle, he rolled his ankle and it is still quite swollen so he is obviously a major doubt (against Dundee United).

"But we only knew the extent of the injury when we saw Beram (on Thursday), so that is something that needs to be addressed. It's not the first time that's happened to us.

"It has happened with other countries. Cha (Du-ri) played last year (for South Korea) when he was injured and we lost him for a few weeks after that.

"I'm just disappointed by the way we are being treated when we are good enough to let our players go.

"I think there is a professional respect, there is a duty there that they should be straight on the phone to our football club and let us know the extent of the injury and at least give my doctor an explanation of what has happened."