Stefan Johansen's agent says Celtic midfielder believes ankle injury sustained against Morton could have been a lot worse

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The 25-year-old was forced off during the latter stages of the first-half of the Scottish Cup tie.

Stefan Johansen's agent has claimed that the midfielder has told him that the ankle injury that he sustained in the Scottish Cup victory over Morton on Sunday could have been a lot worse had the circumstances have been different, the Daily Record reports.

The 25-year-old had to be taken off on the stroke of half-time following a challenge from Morton defender Michael Miller. And while the injury he sustained means that he will now miss the game with Partick this weekend, but will be back in time for trip to Kilmarnock the week after (via Record), Johansen apparently told Tore Pedersen that the challenge could have easily broken his ankle had the Norwegian had his feet on the ground.

"He says he believes his ankle would have been broken had he been standing on the ground," his agent told the Record.

"He had no chance of finishing the game. It was a hard blow. I spoke with Stefan on Sunday night, and again on Monday afternoon.

"But it does not seem like it is something serious to Michael Miller. He does not believe it himself."

The news that Johansen is set to miss the Hoops' next game is likely to be a blow for Ronny Deila's side. Aberdeen's victory over Partick on Tuesday means that the Bhoys are just one point clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and while Celtic will still have a game in hand over Derek McInnes' men after they both play this weekend, Saturday's results could potentially see the Dons move above their title rivals. 

While Johansen has not been at his best this term, he proved last season just how important he can be, as he scored 13 goals in all competitions from midfield. 

But based on how bad the player thought the injury could have been, Deila will just be grateful that he should only be missing for one game rather than the rest of the season. 

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