Celtic: Scott Brown out for three weeks with calf strain

Scott Brown
Scott Brown lasted 21 minutes of Celtic's win over Hibernian on Saturday
Europa League: RB Leipzig v Celtic
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig Date: Thursday, 25 October Kick-off: 17:55 BST
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Celtic captain Scott Brown will be missing for up to three weeks with a calf strain, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Striker Leigh Griffiths and midfielder Tom Rogic will also miss the Europa League group game with RB Leipzig in Germany on Thursday.

Defender Filip Benkovic is an injury doubt and James Forrest is suspended after his sending off against Salzburg.

Rodgers was "disappointed" to lose Brown to "a low-grade calf strain".

"Obviously Leigh Griffiths has not returned to training yet, so he is still out," he said. "Tom Rogic hasn't travelled as well - Tom has got an issue with his knee, so we'll have a look at that when we get back.

"And we're managing Felip Benkovic over the next 24 hours, so we have one or two issues."

Brown lasted just 21 minutes of Saturday's win over Hibernian, having missed the the defeat in Austria and the Premiership win over St Johnstone.

The former Scotland captain, 33, has been linked with a move to Australian side Western Melbourne if they are granted entry into the A League.

As well as missing both Leipzig games, Brown will also be absent for Sunday's League Cup semi-final with Hearts and Premiership matches against the Tynecastle club, Dundee, and Livingston.

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