Celtic facing nervous wait over Filip Benkovic injury

Celtic facing a nervous wait over the extent of Filip Benkovic’s injury picked up during their 1-0 defeat to Rangers on Saturday.

The Croatian, who is on loan from Leicester City, limped off just before the half-time whistle after playing a simple ball back to keeper Craig Gordon before collapsing to the ground holding his hamstring, being replaced by Kristoffer Ajer.

According to the Leicester Mercury, manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that losing the impressive Benkovic and Mikael Lustig didn’t help his side’s cause after going a goal down minutes earlier.

Rodgers said of the injuries and their impact on the match: “We lost two defenders in the game and it limits you. There was a period when we thought we needed to get Kieran (Tierney) into the game and needed to change it but with the subs we had to make, that took away that possibility because we wanted to get Odsonne [Edouard] into the game.

“But listen, that’s sometimes the way it goes. I’ve sat here winning and playing really well and today I sit having lost. You just have to accept that.”

Benkovic has played 20 times for Celtic this season, making his debut in the 0-0 draw against newly promoted St.Mirren back in September.

He scored his first goal for Celtic in the 5-0 demolition of Hearts in November at Celtic Park and played in four of Celtic’s six Europa League group games – winning three out of the four which has seen the Scottish champions reach the last 32 of the competition where they will face Valencia.

Despite an option for the defender to be recalled during the January transfer window, it looked likely that he would remain until the end of the season but the injury could potentially see his deal cut short if he out of action long-term.

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Leicester City signed Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb in August for £13 million and played in the 4-0 win over Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup before being farmed out on loan to Celtic.

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