Brendan Rodgers confirms further bad news for Celtic

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There seems to be no good news for Celtic at the moment. The moment amongst the fanbase was already low due to a disappointing winter transfer window, which saw Nicolas Kuhn being signed from Rapid Vienna in a £3 million deal and Adam Idah arrive on loan from Norwich City. It was far short of expectations to say the least.

The winds have been further taken out of the sails with news emerging that both Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate are injured once again. Both have been dealing with fitness issues throughout the season and have barely featured.

Carter-Vickers had return from the sidelines in the last game against Ross County but has suffered another injury now. On the other hand, Hatate picked up his issue while representing Japan at the AFC Asian Cup.

It looks like they are set to spend some time out. When fit and available, both are considered starters for Celtic. So, this is another blow for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Rodgers confirms further bad news for Celtic

It looks like Carter-Vickers will be out for around three weeks. As reported by BBC, Rodgers said about the defender:

"The medical team are saying probably around three weeks."

On the other hand, Hatate seems to be out for over a month. Rodgers said regarding the Japanese midfielder:

"It looks like he has actually done both calves, from what I have seen, so he is probably going to be five to six weeks.

"Another part of this season where we have had no luck from an injury perspective to our top players. He will be back very soon and we will start treatment and get him back as soon as we can."

This is the worst possible news for Celtic. Not only have the club not strengthened sufficiently in the winter transfer window but now two of their best players are set for spells on the sidelines once again.

The injury situation certainly has not helped Rodgers and company this season, and one certainly needs to take a look at it. The team's fitness seems to be one of their major weaknesses right now.

One can only hope that Celtic are able to fill the voids of Carter-Vickers and Hatate. One would expect Maik Nawrocki and Paulo Bernardo to start consistently in the upcoming weeks.