With Alphonso Davies already in doubt for the Canadian men’s national team heading into a Copa América Playoff against Trinidad and Tobago, the wide areas took another hit on Wednesday afternoon.
Right-back Alistair Johnston, who has made 39 appearances for Canada and has developed into a pillar of Mauro Biello’s group, had to be stretchered off in Celtic FC’s Scottish Premiership match against Hibernian on Wednesday after earning a penalty while clashing heads with Nectarios Triantis.
The 25-year-old required lengthy medical attention from Celtic’s staff, before being substituted off for Anthony Ralston, who came in as relief following the 9th minute injury.
Match official Nick Walsh awarded Celtic a penalty kick on the infraction, which Irish striker Adam Idah slotted home to give the away side an early advantage.
Johnston’s Celtic picked up the victory on the day, securing the 2-1 win through a 92nd-minute second penalty from Idah. Meanwhile, Johnston shared an update on social media from the hospital, seemingly in good spirits despite the injury.
On Thursday, his Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers shared an update on the Canadian’s status.
“The first penalty maybe the referee has given it for a reckless challenge or collision so we were thankful for that,” Rodgers said. “But not thankful for Ali Johnston!
“It was a nasty one for him. He’s away to hospital so hopefully he’ll be okay. We’ll find out more.”
The Canadian men’s national team returns to the pitch on March 23 in Frisco, Texas, in a one-game playoff to determine whether or not they earn a chance to face Lionel Messi’s Argentina and other top-tier competition at the 2024 Copa América.