JACK HENDRY has suffered a setback on his intended route back into Neil Lennon’s Celtic plans.

The 24-year-old versatile defender joined Melbourne City on loan last week in his efforts to get game-time.

However, Hendry now faces a lengthy period on the sidelines following a knee injury in only his second game for the Aussies.

The Scotland international, who cost £1.2milion when ex-boss Brendan Rodgers bought him from Dundee in January 2018, impressed on his debut against Perth Glory in the Australian top-flight A league and made the Team of the Week.

Hendry caught his studs in the turf and twisted his right knee late on his side’s 3-1 defeat in Adelaide last night. He remained on the pitch until the end, but his manager confirmed he could be out for some time.

Head coach Erick Mombaerts, in a report in the Sunday Mail, said: “He has a big injury. For me, it’s most important … the injury of Jack.

“We can lose a game, we will be better next time. But if we lose this player for a long time it will be a big problem for us.”

Hendry admitted he believes hi still has a future at the champions, as CQN reported.

The right-back or central defender has played only 11 minutes in the top side in this campaign after coming on as a substitute for Jeremie Frimpong in the 5-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Betfred League Cup-tie at Parkhead in September.

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