Neil Lennon has revealed striker Mohamed Bangura could require surgery on his knee as the Celtic manager ponders selection problems ahead of the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final tie with Hibernian at Easter Road tonight.
Further injuries suffered by Glenn Loovens and Charlie Mulgrew in Sunday's 2-1 win over Aberdeen have added to Lennon's defensive problems.
Bangura missed the match at Celtic Park, where Loovens came off with a hamstring injury and stand-in captain Mulgrew, who scored the winner, picked up an ankle knock which leaves him a doubt for the trip to Leith. The Parkhead manager is still without several long-term absentees, including Kelvin Wilson, Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown, but he insists he will still be able to field a strong side against Hibs.
"Bangura is going to see a specialist tomorrow and after that he we will know whether or not he requires surgery on his knee problem," said Lennon. "We are hoping Glenn Loovens will be a week to 10 days, and from Sunday Charlie Mulgrew is pretty doubtful as well with an ankle problem.
"[Georgios] Samaras is still struggling with bone bruising on his ankle and Kris [Commons] has a calf strain. Thomas Rogne played an hour yesterday in a bounce game [friendly] against Rangers and is definitely in contention, and Victor Wanyama can play at the back."
Lennon added: "[Daniel] Majstorovic is fit and Mark Wilson has played centre-back before so we have decent cover at the back."
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