Hinkel facing long lay-off

19 August 2010 04:00
Celtic defender Andreas Hinkel has been ruled out for nine months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the club have confirmed to Press Association Sport. The German right-back picked up the injury at training on Tuesday and will have to undergo an operation. Hinkel was not included in Neil Lennon`s Europa League squad and would not have played against FC Utrecht in the first leg of their play-off at Parkhead on Thursday.

Source: PA