Lambert loss sets back Celtic

Celtic FC will be without captain Paul Lambert for their first two UEFA Champions League games as the midfield player has a bruised ankle bone.

Celtic FC captain Paul Lambert will miss the Scottish side's opening two UEFA Champions League games against FC Bayern München and Olympique Lyonnais after bruising a bone in his ankle.

Scotland doubt
The injury is likely to keep the 34-year-old midfield player on the sidelines for between four and six weeks, meaning he is also doubtful for Scotland's final qualifying match for UEFA EURO 2004™ at home to Lithuania on 11 October, a match Berti Vogts's side must win.

Injury absence
Lambert sustained the injury in a training session with Celtic two weeks ago, and was forced to miss Scotland's 3-1 qualifying victory against the Faroe Islands on 6 September. However, the Scottish captain did return for Wednesday's 2-1 defeat against Germany in Dortmund, but had to be substituted at half-time.

European experience
Lambert's loss is a significant blow to Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, whose side begin their European campaign in Munich on Wednesday night. An experienced player, Lambert was a key member of the BV Borussia Dortmund side who defeated Juventus FC 3-1 in the 1997 Champions League final.