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Leigh Griffiths set to feature against Rosenborg

Leigh Griffiths

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is expected to feature against Rosenborg in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier, after recovering from a calf injury.

The Scottish international missed the first leg last week after serving a one match ban and defender Erik Sviatchenko returns from injury, while fellow striker Moussa Dembele is still sidelined.

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies confirmed both Griffiths and Sviatchenko are available.

He said: “He [Griffiths] is available for selection, as is Erik Sviatchenko. He is an important player for us and it’s good for us going into the game.”

Celtic were missing a recognised striker in the first leg tie in Glasgow, with midfielders Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair deputising. And there was some talk that if Griffiths was not fit for Wednesday’s tie that James Forrest could play up front after impressing in Celtic’s 5-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

Davies added: “He has obviously not been training all the time in the last few weeks, but he has had some good rehab, has worked very, very hard and he is available for us, which is a big boost.

“We don’t want to give too much away, understandably so, but he is available with us and looking forward to the game.

“We have a lot of players who are important in terms of scoring goals and creating chances, but Griff is an important player for us. He has been since he’s been here.

“The manager works closely with him, he has a good relationship with him and we are really pleased that he is available for selection.

“We had our last training session today and Erik and Griff took part in that, so they are coming with us and that is important.”

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