Ryan Christie will undergo further scans on his leg injury after initial results revealed no fracture.
The midfielder was stretchered off in agony during Celtic’s 2-1 defeat from RB Salzburg and will miss the five remaining fixtures this year.
Christie picked up the injury blocking a shot from a Salzburg player and immediately required treatment.
Play was held up for over five minutes as he was stretchered off the park with fans fearing a long term absence for the impressive midfielder.
But SunSportunderstands a relieved Ladbrokes November player of the month Christie – given a new long term deal by boss Brendan Rodgers last month – learned immediate X-rays showed no signs of an ankle fracture which had been one of the original concerns.
He suffered a severe kick to his left calf and was in obvious distress as he lay on the ground.
Celtic’s medical team also don’t believe there’s any significant knee damage.
Christie came into the Celtic side during the Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hearts and hasn’t looked back.
An outstanding display against RB Leipzig earned him a new contract which was followed by a match-winning performance in the final of the Betfred Cup against Aberdeen.
Scott Brown seems certain to replace Christie for Sunday’s match at Hibs with Olivier Ntcham also in contention for a place in the starting XI
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