Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths suffered a calf injury to put a stop on his match-winning display against Hibernian.
Olivier Ntcham has admitted to The Scottish Herald that losing the striker to injury is a big blow for the Bhoys, but believes that Brendan Rodgers’ side can make it through without the Scottish.
The Scotland international was the hero on Saturday as his goal was enough to see the Hoops beat Hibernian 1-0 at Parkhead, but the win was coupled by injuries to both Griffiths and goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
Rodgers later on confirmed afterwards that the striker has a calf problem and might not be in contention for the visit of Zenit in the first leg of a last-32 Europa League tie in Glasgow on February 15.
Griffiths’ importance to Rodgers’ team has been obvious over the past week, having also scored the winning in last Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Partick Thistle after coming off the bench.
And although Ntchma, a £4.5 million summer signing from Manchester City, reveals that losing his team-mate is a blow, the Frenchman hopes that his compatriots Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard can minimise the damge of being without Griffiths.
Ntcham told The Herald:
“I am disappointed for Leigh because when he came on in the last game he scored and then he scored again on Saturday. It is disappointing to lose him again now.”
“But I think we have a good squad. If Leigh is injured we are a little bit disappointed, but Moussa and Edouard can come in and lead the line. It is good for us.”