Celtic are heading into the business end up of the season, with the League Cup already in the bag and the Scottish Cup and the Premiership still to play for. Thus, the Hoops will not want to deal with any injuries at this vital stage of their campaign. That is the reason why the situation of Carl Starfelt was a worry for the fans.
Starfelt has been a regular starter for Celtic this season as well, partnering with Cameron Carter-Vickers in the heart of defence. He was taken off at half-time in the previous game against Hearts though, with a fitness concern.
Yuki Kobayashi was brought in in his place and he did do a decent job. But Celtic would not want to lose Starfelt at this point of the season.
There seems to be some good news in that regard. Starfelt has been included in the Swedish national team’s squad for the upcoming international break.
Massive Celtic update on Starfelt injury situation
The comments of Sweden national team manager, Janne Andersson, regarding Starfelt’s situation will come as a huge relief for Celtic fans as well. As reported by Glasgow Live, he said:
"“The forecast with Carl Starfelt is quite positive.”"
"“He should be available otherwise I would not have called him.”"
That is a major boost for the Hoops to say the very least. They have one more game to play, against Hibernian at Parkhead, before the international break starts.
Even if Starfelt ends up missing that match, one would think that Celtic have enough depth in the ranks to get through it. At the same time, this might be a good opportunity for Kobayashi to show what he is capable of over the full 90 minutes. The Japanese defender did look pretty good after coming on against Hearts.
Celtic fans will be hoping that Starfelt is back to full fitness as soon as possible. There is no doubt that he is a vital part of this team. We can only wish him the best of luck in his recovery.