Chris Davies provides Erik Sviatchenko injury update

Celtic's Coach (L) Brendan Rodgers and his assistant Chris Davies celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Play-off Second leg match between the Celtic and Hapoel Beer-Sheva in Beer Sheva...

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko is on the sidelines at the moment.

Denmark's Erik Sviatchenko on the pitch before kick off of the international friendly football match between Scotland and Denmark at Hampden Park in Glasgow on March 29, 2016.

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has told The Scottish Sun that defender Erik Sviatchenko could return to action after the two-week international break.

Sviatchenko has been on the sidelines since August with a knee ligament injury he picked up during the Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg.

“Erik has been out for a while,” Davies told The Scottish Sun. “He had his first injury, was back a short time then was out again.

“He needs to build up his fitness and sharpness having been out a long time. But he’s now back with the group every day.

“So it’ll possibly be after the break for Erik. The good thing is the international break gives him chance to build up his fitness and get some sessions in.

“He needs a strong week. Jozo is doing light rehab so he will be another few weeks. That bodes well and hopefully we can keep them fit.”

Scott Brown, Erik Sviatchenko and Stuart Armstrong of Celtic celebrate during the Betfred Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on November 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Positive news for Celtic

Celtic have struggled with injuries at the back, and the return to full fitness of Sviatchenko will certainly be welcomed by manager Brendan Rodgers and the fans.

Jozo Simunovic is out at the moment, while Dedryck Boyata has also had injury issues this season.

Erik Sviatchenko (R) of Celtic and Andrew Waterworth (L) of Linfield contest a high ball during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at...

Sviatchenko may have not been exactly ‘great’ for the Hoops, but the 26-year-old centre-back is a good player who will be important for the Glasgow giants as the season progresses.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic paid FC Midtjylland a transfer fee of £1.5m in January 2016 in order to secure the services of the Denmark international defender.

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 30 points from 12 matches, three points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.

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