Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie undergoes surgery after undergoing & # 39; multiple facial fractures & # 39; during horror head clash with Aberdeen & # 39; s Dom Ball
- Ryan Christie was peppered by Dom Ball after a nauseating clash of heads
- The ball received a second yellow card from referee Craig Thomson on Sunday
- Christie was taken on a stretcher with a neck brace during the semi-final
- Celtic leaders say they cannot predict when the 24-year-old midfielder will return
Ryan Christie will be operated on this week after Celtic confirmed that the midfielder of Scotland & # 39; multiple facial fractures & # 39; had sustained a collision with Aberdeen & # 39; s Dom Ball.
The 24-year-old was hemmed by the Dons defender after a nauseating confrontation during the William Final Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The ball was shown a second yellow card by referee Craig Thomson after he hit his opponent's cheek.
Ryan Christie received & # 39; multiple face fractures & # 39; after a nauseating collision with Dom Ball
The 24-year-old was toasted by the Aberdeen defender during the semi-final of the Scottish Cup
Christie posted a photo on social media and raised his thumbs while sporting the black eye
Christie had to be worn from the Hampden field on a stretcher with a neck brace, but later showed a photo on social media that gave the thumbs up while wearing a nasty looking blue eye.
However, Parkhead chiefs say they are not yet at a stage where they can predict when the former Inverness and Aberdeen player will return when he prepares to go under the knife – and his participation in next month's Scottish Cup final Hearts seriously in doubt.
A statement on the Hoops website said: “Celtic Football Club can confirm that Ryan Christie suffered multiple facial fractures after the incident during the semi-final of Sunday's semi-final in Hampden.
Scott Brown protests after the horrific battle of heads at Hampden Park on Sunday
The midfielder had to be put on a stretcher with a neck brace on the Hampden field
& # 39; Ryan is scheduled for Thursday of this week. We are unable at this stage to give a specific indication of a timetable for his return, but everyone at Celtic wishes Ryan all the best for his full recovery.
& # 39; Ryan also wants to thank everyone for the many support wishes he has received. & # 39;
Tom Rogic took over from Christie after the 38-minute incident and continued to score the last goal in a 3-0 win over the Derek McInnes team as they formed their flagship against the Jambos.
Medical staff checks on Christie while the Celtic players look in shock during the semifinals