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Neil Lennon rocked by injury to Loovens

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed defender Glenn Loovens will be out for “three or four weeks” after picking up a hamstring problem in training yesterday.

The Dutchman started the Hoops' opening Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture against Hibernian but now faces a spell on the sidelines and looks set to miss SPL fixtures against Aberdeen, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

Speaking after last night's 2-0 friendly defeat at Swansea, Lennon said: “It's a strange one, he came up off the ground and had a bit of a collision in training and felt the hamstring go and it will put him out for three or four weeks.”

A statement on the Celtic website was more pessimistic, saying the 27-year-old could be out for up to six weeks.

But Lennon says he will have Kris Commons and Joe Ledley ready for the trip to Pittodrie.

Former Cardiff man Ledley missed out on a trip back to Wales after picking up a niggle against Inter Milan, while Commons was forced to leave the field with a toe problem.

But Lennon, who also confirmed that defender Darren O'Dea will join Leeds on loan, said: “Kris is fine, he has had an infection in his toe and the strapping came off and when they put it back on it was too pressurised for him to continue but he should be okay for Sunday.

“Joe had a niggle from the Inter Milan game on Sunday but he should be fine for Sunday too.”

Lennon also says he is no closer to bringing in a goalkeeper, saying: “We have options but I can't give you anymore at the moment. We are no further down the line than at the weekend.”

On that 2-0 defeat to Premier League new-boys Swansea, Lennon admitted it was a good opportunity to change his formation and different approaches to his own team’s tactics.

“We changed it around a bit and looked at a different formation and I was quite pleased,” added Lennon.

“We went one up with two on either side and three in midfield. I was pretty pleased with the outcome.

“It was interesting to try a different formation against a team who are tactical in their approach.”

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