JONNY HAYES was an injury scare for Celtic when he limped off just after half-an-hour of yesterday’s 1-0 defeat against Bohemians Prague in the second game of the Hoops’ Austrian tour.

The winger, who only made his return from a broken leg after six months out in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Vorwarts Steyr, clutched his thigh as he was taken off with Calvin Miller taking his place on the left wing.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping the injury won’t lead to another extended spell out of the side for the player who arrived in a £1.3million deal from Aberdeen a year ago.

Hayes’ Hoops debut campaign was cruelly ended with a broken leg sustained in the 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park on Boxing Day.

The Parkhead gaffer said: “His thigh is a bit tight. It is a shame for him because he started the game quite well, combing well with Scott Sinclair down that side.

“We will just have to see how he is. Maybe we have just been a wee bit cautious, but he felt his thigh when he had a shot that just went wide.

“Jonny is a very dynamic player, but, hopefully, it was just a twinge and it will be nothing too serious.”

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