Celtic settled for a 2-2 draw against Lille in the Europa League clash on Thursday.

The Bhoys took a 2-0 lead before the break as Mohamed Elyounoussi scored both the goals for the Scottish side.

Kristoffer Ajer was forced off the pitch in the second half after picking up a groin strain. Nir Bitton replaced the centre-back in the 53rd minute, and 14 minutes later, the Ligue 1 side scored their first goal before netting the equaliser in the 75th minute.

Neil Lennon admitted the Norway international’s injury  “doesn’t look good”. According to VG, the Celtic manager ‘confirmed what [Lars] Lagerbäck & co feared’.

Norway take on Israel, Romania and Austria during November’s international break and there’s fear of Ajer missing those fixtures.

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VG spoke to Norway assistant coach Per Joar Hansen after the defender suffered a blow earlier this week in France.

“It’s never good to see players injured, but it’s part of the game. We just have to deal with that. There’s a lot of luck and bad luck involved, but our players are often playing three games a week now. Then you have to expect things to happen,” Hansen said.

“But we have been informed by Kristoffer via the medical team that he has suffered an injury that needs to be checked. We have to look at MRI scans and what the doctors are saying. Then we’ll just have to wait to see if he’s in the squad or not.”

Celtic take on Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final clash on Sunday and reports in the UK are claiming Ajer is set to miss the weekend cup tie.

Ajer has also admitted he is waiting to learn the extent of the injury.

“I do not know anything about the extent until I get the scan results. When it’ll be, I’m still a little unsure. I keep my fingers crossed and hope the answers will be positive,” Ajer told NTB.