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MASSIVE PADDY BLOW AS WINGER MISSES BAYERN CLASH

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PADDY ROBERTS, as CQN reported in a half time update from Parkhead yesterday, will miss Celtic’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at Parkhead on Tuesday.

The winger lasted only 30 minutes before limping off in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock yesterday and the injury could keep him out for up to six weeks.

Asked if Roberts would be sidelined for the visit of the Bundesliga giants, boss Brendan Rodgers said: “I would think so. He felt it tighten up.

“It looks like it will be his hamstring and that’s about four to six weeks.”

Rodgers said it was particularly disappointing as the on-loan Manchester City ace had been shaping up well against Steve Clarke’s side.

The Hoops gaffer said: “He started really well in the game, good width on that side and was causing them a problem.

“Now we’ve got Bayern and it will be a tough game for us and it will be equally as tough here, but it’s something we’re really looking forward to.

“We’re really excited about it. It will be a great occasion here.

“We’ll put this behind us, we’ll reflect on it and we’ll move on and see if we can have a good performance and, more importantly, a result.”

Roberts’ own reaction to the injury illustrated that he immediately knew he was out of the Bayern game. He walked glowingly to the touchline and waited for the game to stop. He then walked up the the tunnel, kicking a ball in frustration before burying his head in his Celtic shirt.

His loss will be a big blow to Celtic’s forward ambitions in Tuesday with James Forrest now likely to play.

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