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Brendan Rodgers provides injury update on Celtic pair Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic

Dedryck Boyata celebrates after scoring the second goal for Celtic

Good news and bad news as far as Celtic's centre-back crisis is concerned.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has provided an update on the fitness of Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata, in quotes published by the club’s official Twitter account.

Both centre-backs have been long-term absentees and have yet to kick a ball under the new Celtic manager.

Dedryck Boyata celebrates with Tom Rogic after scoring the second goal for CelticDedryck Boyata celebrates with Tom Rogic

Rodgers was able to provide good news in the case of the Belgian international:

But the prognosis doesn’t look great for the highly-rated Croatian youngster:

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic in actionCeltic's Jozo Simunovic in action

The Hoops have faced an injury crisis in the heart of defence this summer, with recent injuries to Erik Sviatchenko and Kristoffer Ajer adding to those of Simunovic and Boyata and leaving Rodgers with something of a headache.

Celtic have been forced to field academy graduate Eoghan O’Connell alongside the error-prone Efe Ambrose in critical European games in what is a far from ideal centre-back pairing.

Kolo Toure during his time with LiverpoolKolo Toure during his time with Liverpool

Fears have been eased by the arrival of veteran defender Kolo Toure and he will bring much-needed experience to the backline.

He faces a race against time to be fit for tomorrow’s crucial Champions League qualifying clash with FK Astana however, and Rodgers will hope his team are still in the competition by the time the Ivorian becomes available.

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