Worrying Luis Palma injury update released by Honduran FA

Celtic winger Luis Palma looks set for a month on the sidelines as he recovers from muscle strain in his right leg. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Palma will be out until after the international break and insisted that the player would NOT be available for international duty for the Honduras match against Costa Rica.

 Luis Palma of Celtic celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic FC and Feyenoord at Celtic Park Stadium on December 13, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Honduran FA have now given up hope of having Palma available after receiving full details of the injury from Celtic’s medical department. And the news doesn’t look good with the injury worse than previously thought and the likelihood is now that Luis Palma will be out for around four weeks. That would of course mean he’d miss the vital trip to Ibrox on Sunday 7th April.

Luis Palma of Celtic celebrates after he scores during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on November 12, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In a statement released today the Honduran FA explained the reason why their star player will miss this round of international fixtures. The statement reads as follows:

“The Honduran Football Federation informs the Honduran fans and sports press that the player Luis Palma has been withdrawn due to medical incapacity from his call to the national team led by Professor Reinaldo Rueda.

“According to the information received at the FENAFUTH General Secretariat, the medical department of Cetic FC, the club to which the player belongs, indicates that magnetic resonance studies were carried out on the Palma team, who presented muscle discomfort in his right leg.

“The imaging study confirms the presence of a low-grade muscle lesion in the proximal third of the right soleus, which, in accordance with the clinical tests performed and correlation with the imaging studies, formulates the following diagnosis:

“Grade I muscle injury of the proximal third of the right soleus at the myotendinous junction according to the Prakash and UEFA ECIS classification.

“According to the medical department of the Honduran national team and considering all the information supported by images sent by their Celtic FC counterparts, it is estimated that the national team will maintain a rehabilitation period of 3 to 4 weeks to return to competition.

“FENAFUTH wishes Luis Palma a speedy recovery and reiterates its commitment to the health and well-being of all the national team players.”

Motherwell v Celtic – Luis Palma left celebrates scoring  with team-mates Alistair Johnston and Matt O Riley during the cinch Premiership match at Fir Park, Motherwell. Saturday September 30, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

That’s a sore one for Celtic at this stage of the season. Haste ye back Luis.

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