Beram Kayal could face four months out for Celtic after ankle operation

Kayal's season could be over after ankle operation, admits Lennon

Neil Lennon has admitted Beram Kayal’s season could be over as the Israeli prepares to undergo ankle surgery on Monday.

The midfielder was stretchered off after contesting a 50-50 with Lee McCulloch in last month’s Old Firm clash.

The Celtic manager, who absolved the Rangers midfielder of any blame, initially thought he would be missing one of his key players for between two and four weeks. However, a second set of scans on the player’s right ankle have highlighted the need for surgery after both cartilage and ligament damage came to light.

Ouch: Beram Kayal (left) injured his ankle against Rangers last month

Ouch: Beram Kayal (left) injured his ankle against Rangers last month

The player, who missed last season’s title run-in with a broken wrist, will go under the knife in London.

And Lennon believes the worst-case scenario could see him struggle to feature again this term.

‘Beram is a pivotal player for us,’
said the Celtic manager. ‘But what I will say is his position is the one
area where we have real quality, strength and depth.

‘No one likes to lose a player for any concerted period of time and we have been unfortunate with these injuries.

Setback: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) admits Kayal's loss is a big blow

Setback: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) admits Kayal's loss is a big blow

‘It was a good challenge between two
committed players (Kayal and McCulloch). Whatever way Beram’s ankle has
turned, he’s got a bit of cartilage which might need looked at and there
is also ligament damage.

‘His operation will be on Monday, but
it could be four months before we get better news. The result is he
needs surgery, so we’re just not sure of the full extent of the injury
yet.’