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Forsberg absence could be decisive in Celtic’s Europa League clash against RB Leipzig

Forsberg absence could be decisive in Celtic’s Europa League clash against RB Leipzig

Celtic will be looking to go level on points with RB Leipzig when they take on the Bundesliga outfit at home in the Europa League this Thursday.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are currently three points behind their upcoming opponents in Group B following their 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture last month, but have been given a huge boost going into the next encounter between the two sides.

The Breakdown

Leipzig are set to be without one of their key players after manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg is expected to miss the game through injury.

“I assume he will be available at the latest after the next international break,” the Leipzig boss was quoted saying on AFP. “The medical department is working at full speed.”

With the likes of Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, Leipzig certainly have quality elsewhere on the pitch. However, the absence of Forsberg is massive and something that Celtic must take advantage of.

The creative hub of the team, Forsberg made a name for himself back in the 2016/17 Bundesliga season after registering an incredible 19 assists, showing the sort of attacking threat he would have brought to Celtic Park.

Celtic, of course, are not without their own attacking talent who can also be very effective on their day. Striker Odsonne Edouard is among the goals again while Scott Sinclair has managed to find some form in the Bhoys’ last couple of games, giving supporters reason to be optimistic ahead of Thursday.

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