UNLUCKY Borussia Mönchengladbach have suffered a massive blow ahead of their double header with Celtic with the news today that their talismanic striker Raffael is OUT of the Champions League ties.
The talented Brazilian would have joined the list of world class strikers lining up to face Celtic in this season’s Group C matches but after an outstanding first half performance last night against Barcelona the 31 year old had to be substituted after appearing to pull a hamstring.
Things went from bad to worse for Gladbach as Barcelona recovered from being a goal down to score twice and take the three point. With Manchester City fighting back three times to nick a point in Glasgow, the Catalan side are now two points ahead of City with Celtic on one point and the German side bottom of the group and pointless after two defeats.
Raffael was sent for an MRI scan today and it has revealed that the striker pulled his left hamstring, effectively ruling him out of the double header with Celtic. The player had just returned from another injury to his his right adductor muscle. He missed both the 1-1 draw with Leipzig and the 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt before returning to face Barcelona.
Mönchengladbach travel to Glasgow to face Celtic on October 19 before the two clubs meet again in Germany on November 1.