The official website for European football

Nakamura causes Celtic concern

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 13.42CET
Celtic FC fear their Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura will be unavailable as they look to advance to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 13.42CET

Nakamura causes Celtic concern

Celtic FC fear their Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura will be unavailable as they look to advance to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

Celtic FC fear their Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura will be unavailable as they look to advance to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League from Group D.

Knee brace
The 29-year-old is struggling to shake off a knee injury sustained in a qualifying game against FC Spartak Moskva in August and continues to wear a brace on his left knee. A scan on Monday has given rise to fears Nakamura might have suffered nerve damage in addition to a ligament strain and the player has been prescribed a period of rest before he can return to first-team action, making him doubtful for next Tuesday's game at home to FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

'Told to rest'
"I have been told by the doctors to rest as much as possible as that will help me to recover completely from this injury," said Nakamura, who last played on 27 October. Celtic also have doubts over the fitness of striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink with the Dutch international reported to have picked up another hamstring injury.

Last updated: 21/11/07 14.28CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=623147.html#nakamura+causes+celtic+concern

UEFA.com features

Skomina honoured at final date
  • Skomina honoured at final date
  • Chivu learns in UEFA technical role
  • Research proposals wanted into heading risk in young players
  • Social Responsibility in focus
  • Stanković welcomes development drive
  • Denmark's Maae given U17 EURO final 'honour'
  • Pitch perfect – UEFA Direct 167 out now
  • Faroe Islands savour 'dream that came earlier than expected'
  • Baier delighted at WU17 referee honour
  • Germany and Turkey receive bid requirements for hosting UEFA EURO 2024
1 of 10