Celtic winger James Forrest has sustained a muscle strain and will be ruled out for ‘several weeks’ due to his latest injury, as reported by The Irish News

Latest: Ange Postecoglou confirms Forrest setback 

Speaking in his pre-match press conference before Celtic take on Heart of Midlothian at Parkhead on Wednesday night, Postecoglou said: 

“James Forrest got a bit of a muscle strain in training so he is going to be out for a little while, which is unfortunate for him. He will miss the next period of games probably beyond the international break.”

Of course, any thought of earning a recall to Scotland duty under Steve Clarke will now be quashed for Forrest, who will now focus on his recovery and hope to be involved in the latter part of the season for Celtic. 

The 31-year-old has been a reliable presence out wide when called upon in 2022/23, registering five goals and two assists from 20 appearances in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt.

Last year, the one club man signed a contract extension at the Hoops, tying himself to the Parkhead club until the summer of 2025. 

Forrest has not been a prominent feature in starting lineups this season, though has been a handy option to come in and add some experience and nous on the right flank. 

Celtic are well stocked concerning wide options and will have plenty in reserve despite the absence of the experienced winger.