Mouyokolo blow for Celtic
Neil Lennon believes summer signing Steven Mouyokolo has suffered "horrendous luck" with the complete rupture of an Achilles tendon which will sideline him for six months.
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The Hoops boss has confirmed that the 26-year-old defender returned to France, where he has had surgery on the injury picked up at training on Monday.
Mouyokolo has made just two starts since signing for the Scottish champions in July, following his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury.
He was a free agent after his contract with Wolves was terminated by mutual consent in January and was handed a one-year deal by the Parkhead club after impressing on trial during their pre-season trip to Germany and Austria.
However, now it looks like his season is all and Lennon said: "It is devastating for him. He has worked so hard.
"It was an innocuous thing. He was running for the ball and we heard this pop.
"We thought he had clipped someone's ankle but obviously he knew straight away that something was wrong and he went over to the side.
"He had a complete rupture of his Achilles tendon, he has had surgery in France.
"He was obviously really upset. We are waiting on how well the operation went but we are looking at maybe six months, so we are hoping to see him sometime in the New Year.
"This is a totally separate injury to the previous ones he had. It can happen to anyone at any time.
"He had given up his contract at Wolves to find a new club and came on trial with us and impressed us.
"It is a devastating blow for him because he is still a young guy, he is 26, he's had long bouts of absence with injury and we were all hoping that he would get a clean run - but obviously that is not the case.
"He has just had horrendous luck and he will support him all the way and hopefully we can get him back up and running February or March.'
"He wants to come back here as quickly as possible so we are hoping to see him the back end of next week."
The Parkhead club travel to Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday before they begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to the San Siro to play AC Milan next Wednesday night.
Lennon played down the effect the defender's injury will have on his squad over the next months.
"I still have decent cover there," he said. "Steven was low-risk in terms of remuneration.
"We brought him basically as a squad player for SPFL games and maybe, if he showed a bit of form, for Europe.
"We are very pleased with his progress and it is a blow [but] we have decent cover. We are not stretched as of yet."
After wins over Shakhter Karagandy in the Champions League play-off and Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership before the international break, the former Celtic skipper is looking for his side to keep up the good work against the bottom-side Jambos before heading off to Italy on Tuesday.
"We were all on a high after Karagandy and Dundee United," he said.
"But it is always difficult after international break to pick up where you left off.
"We didn't cope with games before and after the Champions League last season and that's an area we want to improve on.
"I don't want anyone saving themselves for Wednesday because I have made it pretty clear, if I see that, I will rethink playing them on Wednesday."