Brendan Rodgers unsure when Leigh Griffiths will be fit to play for Celtic or Scotland

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no idea when striker Leigh Griffiths will be fit enough to play for club or country.

Rodgers offered Scotland boss Alex McLeish no encouragement as he confirmed Griffiths could be weeks away from a return with no timeline set for a return to action.

Hoops striker Griffiths has not played since the 6-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on October 7 and pulled out of the last international squad for the double-header against Israel and Portugal for fitness reasons, with a calf injury being a recent concern.

Hearts and Scotland were dealt a blow with striker Steven Naismith ruled out of Scotland’s upcoming Nations League games against Albania and Israel after being told he needed knee surgery.

Ahead of the trip to bottom side Dundee in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night, Rodgers was asked about the prospects of Griffiths being able to fill that gap.

He said: “I’m not sure at this moment, we just take it day by day. It’s a blow, Steven Naismith being out for Scotland and for Hearts but we just need to assess that.

“There is not a lot of time, that’s the only thing I would say. Certainly if Leigh was available he would be nowhere near match fit but we will see.

“He’s here in the treatment room. We’ve got ten injuries so our medical team are working hard. We’ll just see over the next few weeks where Leigh’s at.”

The Celtic boss revealed he had better news about midfielder Tom Rogic, who is available after playing in the League Cup semi-final win over Hearts at the weekend, but fellow midfielders Olivier Ntcham and Eboue Kouassi are both doubts for Wednesday.

Rodgers said: “Tom Rogic is available and will be in our squad tomorrow. Olivier Ntcham we just need to wait 24 hours to see where he’s at, same with Kouassi as well.”

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