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Postecoglou reveals Karamoko injury sickener

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Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele are facing at least a month on the sidelines.

The duo started last week’s friendly against Bristol City but neither survived beyond the first half. Johnston pulled up with what looked like a muscle injury while Karamoko was on the receiving end of a brutal attack from Kasey Palmer.

Both would have been involved in the side to face Midtjylland tonight but instead will have to wait on further diagnosis before their rehab route can be worked out.

The Sun reports:

There have been two new blows with news wingers Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston are facing lengthy spells on the sidelines, after picking up bad injuries during Celtic’s training camp in Wales.

Postecoglou said: “We’ve had some early diagnosis, but they have both had fairly significant injuries and will be out for a period of time.

“We don’t want to put a time frame on it but it won’t be less than a month. How much longer? We are waiting for advice.

“It’s disappointing for both of them. I was looking forward to working with them as they are exciting wingers, the kind of players I love having in the team.

“Unfortunately, that game at Bristol has really cost us, through no one’s fault. One was a bad tackle, and the other an innocuous event.

It’s a blow and they have some fairly significant rehab ahead of them. They have youth and time on their side so hopefully they will work hard and get back.”

Ange Postecoglou clearly values wingers with Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi his first signings. The Israeli could be added to tonight’s squad after missing out on the first draft but Furuhashi has still to touch down in Scotland as the slow process of reshaping the squad that Postecoglou inherited gets underway.

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