Celtic allowed Eboue Kouassi to join Genk on loan in the winter market and the Jupiler Pro League side have an option to make the deal permanent.

The midfielder came on as a substitute in Genk’s 1-0 victory over Charleroi and has now suffered a setback.

Het Belang van Limburg claims Kouassi picked up an injury in training after Theo Bongonda landed heavily on his knee. The alarm bells went off at Genk and the injury ‘seemed serious’ at first.

After conducting further investigation, it was found out the blow wasn’t as bad as first feared as ‘only the medial ligament is touched‘. After ‘first panic’ the situation is ‘not so bad’, the latest development will come as a relief for the Celtic owned player and Genk.

HBVL adds Kouassi is expected to miss the February fixtures due to the latest injury setback.

Earlier this month, news coming out of Belgium stated the 22-year-old feels like a footballer again at Genk.

If Kouassi fails to impress at Genk, there’s a possibility they may not exercise the option to make his transfer permanent and the Ivory Coast midfielder will have to return to Celtic.

Given Celtic seem to have given up on him, they’ll want him to secure that permanent move.