Celtic’s Moussa Dembele doubtful for Anderlecht tie

The 21-year-old is likely to miss the Bhoys’ decisive encounter against the Belgian champions due to an injury he sustained in Saturday’s Cup final

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has disclosed that Moussa Dembele twisted his ankle in the Scottish League Cup final against Motherwell on Saturday, and remains a doubt for their crucial Uefa Champions League game against Anderlecht.

The French-born Malian was at the receiving end of a tackle from Cedric Kipre in the first half but held on to seal the victory for Brendan Rodgers' side with a 60th-minute strike - his eight in 15 games across all competitions this term.

Dembele was later replaced by Leigh Griffiths four minutes after his goal as the Celtic Park outfit marched to their 17th Scottish League Cup triumph.

Ahead of a league double-header against the same opposition, the 32-year-old gaffer has ruled the ex-Fulham forward out of contention. He is also a doubt for their decisive Champions League Group B encounter next week Tuesday.

"Moussa's got a bad knock and twist of the ankle," Davies told media.

"Thankfully it's not what it could have been, which is a long-term one. He was limping around after it. The more you watch it back in the replays, the worse it gets. He is, luckily, quite robust physically and he got away with it.

"It's likely he will be [out for the weekend as well]. We will just have to see how he responds. Obviously, it's swollen and sore. We will find out in the next few days.

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"We will just have to see how it goes. It's quite difficult to tell when it's 48-72 hours after that kind of injury, that twist and contact. We will just have to see but hopefully, he will be available for that [game against Anderlecht]."

The Bhoys are placed third in Group B, behind PSG and Bayern Munich - both already through to the knockout phase. But Rodgers' men will need to avoid defeat against Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s men to get a consolatory Uefa Europa League berth.

They remain at the summit of the Scottish League table with 33 points from 13 games.

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