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“He’s been unlucky” – Celtic boss Lennon gives mixed injury update

Celtic manager Neil Lennon delivered a positive injury update on Tom Rogic on his side’s French tour, the Daily Record reported.

The 27 year old has not featured or even made the bench in the two matches against Nice and Lyon on the tour so far but is expected to be involved against Paris Saint-Germain on Tueday.

Rogic missed out on the first two games with an ankle injury but has recovered and will get some game time against the French champions.

There was bad news for Hoops fans as well though as Mikey Johnston and Vakoun Bayo have been sent home due to injury.

Johnston has been struggling with a calf problem and has been sent back to Scotland to see a specialist to prevent injuries hampering his development any further.

Lennon did not give the details of the injury for Bayo but told the press that the Ivorian striker has also gone back for treatment.

Lennon said: “Mikey’s got an injury and he’s back home. He has been having problems with his calves and he needs to see a specialist.

“He’s not had much luck. It’s been a bit stop start but with his age and going through the maturation process he’s picking up injuries. It’s frustrating for him and frustrating for us.

“Bayo has an injury too and he is getting treatment.”

Defender Hatem Abd Elhamed and striker Patryk Kilmala also suffered knocks in the match but were not substituted and will be monitored over the next 48 hours.

Lennon fielded a largely inexperienced 11 for 60 minutes against a full strength Lyon side but he was delighted with the response of the youngsters.

He said: “I don’t think the younger players will have come up against opposition as good as that before. I think it’s great. I’m pretty pleased with how they did against players of that level and with their contributions.

“Karamoko Dembele showed flashes, which was great. It was a mixture of teams and physically it was an examination because these guys have not played football for five months.

“Then the boys who came on for the last half hour played very well and scored a very good goal.”

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