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INJURY UPDATE: FRIMPONG FEARS

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JEREMIE FRIMPONG could face a spell out after Neil Lennon expressed fears the right-back may have ligament damage.

The Dutch teenager was left in agony after a brutal assault by Devante Cole that amazingly saw the Motherwell player merely booked by referee Andrew Dallas in the Hoops’ thrilling 4-1 win at Fir Park yesterday.

Frimpong, who had been having a storming afternoon as he raced down the flanks with the champions coming back to something close to their best form with Mohamed Elyounoussi claiming a hat-trick and Olivier Ntcham rolling in the fourth.

Cole threw himself recklessly at the young Celt in a dangerous high challenge in the 52rd minute that really should have seen him see red. As CQN reported in the match summary, the match official made a “diabolical decision” not to banish the assailant immediately.

Frimpong soldiered on for seven minutes before it became clear he could not continue and he was taken off to be replaced by Hatem Abd Elhamed.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I didn’t get a good view of it because Jerry’s back was to me, but I saw the replay and he (Cole) is high and late.

“Jerry is in a lot of discomfort at the minute. It could be ligament damage, we don’t know yet. We will have to assess him over the next couple of days.

”It’s sort of thigh, lateral side, we will have to get him looked at.”
Lennon also confirmed central defender Kristoffer Ajer has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury sustained 11 days ago in the 2-2 draw with Lille in France.

The Norwegian international returned to replace Shane Duffy in defence against Well, but was also forced off in the 78th minute with the Irishman taking his place.

Lennon added: “He felt it at half-time and battled on with it, but he couldn’t continue. He will be a doubt for Norway.”

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