Daniel Arzani was dealt a cruel blow during Celtic’s midweek fixture against Dundee after the 19-year-old twisted his knee severely shortly after coming on as a substitute. In hindsight, it may have looked avoidable, as Celtic were winning 5-0 at the time, but the truth of the matter is that Arzani was due a run out in the first team and these types of injuries are often freak accidents more than anything else.
In Arzani’s case, the young Socceroo has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and all initial scans point towards the player being out for the remainder of the season. As debuts go, that is up there with the very worst in terms of bad luck, and the youngster will now need all the help of the various medical departments as he faces the biggest challenge of his early career.
Daniel Arzani stretchered off just 20 minutes into his Celtic debut. ? pic.twitter.com/dfQTXlFWFa
— FOX Sports Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) October 31, 2018
Arzani arrived at Manchester City from Melbourne City, only to be loaned out to Celtic immediately in order to gain some valuable first-team experience. This won’t only be an unexpected blow for Celtic but also City and, in all likelihood, given the nature of the injury the Australian has suffered, he will almost certainly return to Manchester for treatment.
The fact that Arzani signed a two-year loan deal with Celtic may mean that Celtic will bear the brunt of medical fees as their doctors look after him. However, once the official diagnosis comes out, all will be revealed.
The 19-year-old was tipped to have a big future at the Etihad after impressing at the World Cup with Australia and subsequently being the youngest player at Russia 2018. At this stage of his career with City, he wasn’t ever going to be used and as title favourites at 4/9 in the latest Premier League betting, Guardiola won’t miss the teenager at the moment but, sadly, valuable playing time has been cruelly taken away from their promising young asset.
Celtic fans would have been thrilled once a deal was over the line for Arzani after the aggression he showed in attack for Australia at the World Cup. The boy seemingly only knows one way and that is to run at goal whenever given a chance. Alas, Brendan Rodgers will now have to do without the fiery Australian winger but that shouldn’t stop Celtic returning to the summit of the SPL in due time and then eventually going on to win their eighth title in a row.
Even with Arzani’s injury, Celtic should have far too much quality for the rest of the league, especially if a few additions are made in January, which they surely will be after Rodgers’ comments earlier in the season.
Australian loanee Daniel Arzani is likely to return to Manchester City for treatment after Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers ruled him out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. pic.twitter.com/GgAcoaZLLQ
— City Watch (@City_Watch) November 2, 2018
The Northern Irishman expressed his dismay at the lack of activity in the summer and, as things stand, the Hoops will have to strengthen, if anything, just to appease Rodgers for the time being. There’s no doubt the untimely injury to Arzani is a blow but it’s one that Celtic should be able to more than handle as they try to wrestle back the early advantage Hearts have.