Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his side will be without Australian international Tom Rogic for their first leg of the Champions League qualifying clash against Alashkert FC.
Rogic has spent most of the past month away on international duty with Australia, whose World Cup’s hope was ended with defeat to Peru on Tuesday afternoon.
Rogic has now been given some time off by Rodgers to recover from the loss ahead of the 2018/19 season, meaning that he will not be action in time for his side against Alashkert in Armenia on July 10.
Rodgers told reporters:
“He’ll have two weeks off from now, so he’ll be back when we arrive home from the first leg.
“He’ll be back training on the 12th of July.
“He won’t be playing in the first leg, it’s a long season for us and he’s just off the back of World Cup preparation and World Cup group stages, so he’ll have two weeks free and then come back fresh and ready for hopefully another exciting season.”
Rogic started all three of Australia’s group matches at the World Cup without completing a game.