Erik Sviatchenko says Leeds player could have broken his leg

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Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko claims that Leeds United's Liam Bridcutt could have broken his leg in Scotland's friendly win.

Denmark defender Erik Sviatchenko has responded to the "horrible tackle" from Scotland midfielder Liam Bridcutt which he claims could've broken his leg, as quoted by Herald Scotland.

Bridcutt - on loan at Leeds United from Sunderland - was perhaps a touch fortunate not to get sent off on 79 minutes of last night's 1-0 victory over the Danes at Hampden Park, earning a yellow card for a nasty looking two-footed lunge on the 24-year-old.

Despite the perceived recklessness of the challenge, Sviatchenko emerged unscathed from the incident, but he claims that he was "very lucky" to avoid a serious injury and is happy that he will not be absent for the Hoops' run-in over the coming weeks.

"I was very lucky," he's quoted as saying by Herald Scotland. "It was a horrible tackle. When you see the replay, it is unbelievable that I didn't get a serious injury. I said to the referee that he could have broken my leg,

"But in a split second he had to make the decision and he must have felt he touched the ball first. I was quite certain that I was first to the ball and I tried to pass it backwards. He came through me with all he had, 120 per cent.

"I feel a bit sore in my knee but I think it is just the shock. What happened, happened. I am not going to cry about it. I am just relieved that I will be able to play games for Celtic. Thankfully it is not a bad one. I have had my injuries in the past and I don't want to be out again."

 

Celtic fans will have been hugely relieved to see their man walk away from the incident, with the Bhoys still yet to guarantee themselves any silverware this season.

 

Sviatchenko, a £2 million January signing from Midtjylland, has looked good since arriving in Glasgow, and he'll be looking to keep red-hot Rangers quiet when both sides meet in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on April 17.

 

Ronny Deila's side certainly should go on to win the Scottish Premiership too, with Celtic four points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with a game in hand, but a bad injury for Sviatchenko would have jeopardised that somewhat.

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