UNLUCKY Jonny Hayes will miss Celtic’s opening Champions League qualifier away to Alashkert a week today.

The Irish winger, who sat out the second part of last season following a broken leg in the 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park on Boxing Day, sustained a thigh injury against Bohemians Prague at the weekend.

Hayes only made his return in the opening game of the pre-season tour of Austria against Steyr on Wednesday, but limped off after 32 minutes of the game against the Czech outfit.

Brendan Rodgers hoped taking the player off immediately would have limited any muscular damage, but it now looks as though the touchline raider will be out of action for around 10 days.

There was brighter news, though, with Lewis Morgan overcoming a knock to return to training and Moussa Dembele has also rejoined the main group as he steps up his own preparations for the season.

Both will feature as the Celtic squad split for games today against Blau-Weiss Linz, which is behind closed doors, and Sparta Prague, with a 4.30pm kick-off.

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