Report: Valencia without Santi Mina ahead of Celtic clash

Valencia's Spanish forward Santi Mina controls the ball  during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF against Real Sociedad at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on February 10, 2019....

In-form Valencia forward Mina has been reportedly ruled out of Thursday's clash against Celtic.

Santi Mina of Valencia CF drinks prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on February 10, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

Spanish outlet SuperDeporte have claimed that in-form Valencia attacker Santi Mina has been ruled out of Thursday night's clash against Celtic due to an ankle injury.

The 23-year-old has been one of Valencia's best players this season, scoring eight goals in 26 league and cup appearances despite playing on either side of the attack and indeed up front.

 

The report claims tests were carried out on Mina on Monday morning, after he lasted 66 minutes of Valencia's 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad on Sunday in which he partnered Kevin Gameiro up front.

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It appears that the Spain Under-21 international has suffered a slight sprain to his ankle and could be sidelined for Valencia's next handful of matches, beginning with Celtic on Thursday night in the Europa League.

Santi Mina of Valencia CF during the Spanish Copa del Rey  match between Real Betis Sevilla v Valencia at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 7, 2019 in Sevilla Spain

The Hoops play host to Valencia on Thursday, before taking on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday afternoon in a tough fixture before the second leg in Spain next week. With Mina seemingly struggling, he could even miss both legs.

The news will come as a big boost to Valencia, with Mina the club's top scorer with eight, while Dani Parejo and Rodrigo have both scored seven times in all competitions.

Santi Mina of Valencia CF during the Spanish Copa del Rey  match between Real Betis Sevilla v Valencia at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 7, 2019 in Sevilla Spain

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