Key Milan man may miss Celtic clash with 'strange injury'

Celtic have received a boost with the news that AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes is likely to miss Tuesday's Champions League encounter.

AC Milan are likely to be without Philippe Mexes for their trip to Glasgow after the French defender contracted an eye infection.

Mexes was expected to play in the Rossoneri's 1-1 draw with Genoa yesterday evening but he was forced to sit out at the last minute, leaving Massimiliano Allegri to call on Daniele Bonera.

The reason for Mexes' absence wasn't clear until after the final whistle when it was revealed that he was suffering from an eye infection.

"Mexes is having a problem with his eye and will have to have tests," quotes Diavolo Vice-President Adriano Galliani as saying.

"It's the strangest thing - they are saying that it's an infection in his eye. We leave on Monday and I don't think he will be able to play in Glasgow.

"We will have to wait for more information but it's nothing like the eye problem that Gennaro Gattuso had."

The 1-1 draw with Genoa was another setback for struggling Milan, who were playing against 10 men for much of the match and saw Mario Balotelli miss a penalty.

"They didn't have a shot on target," Galliani told the Milan Channel. "If Mario had scored the penalty we would have won.

"We have to move forward from here and the positive part of the evening was Kaka's performance - he's a fantastic lad."

Milan are currently second in Champions League Group H but they have no room for error as they lead Ajax by one point and Celtic by two.

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