FC COPENHAGEN’S hopes of making a £3.5m swoop for Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko could stall after their Champions League exit and a serious injury to their top star.

The Danish club saw a £2.7m bid for the 25-year-old international, who has fallen down the pecking order at Parkhead, rejected this week.

But their hopes of returning for him took a major blow as they were eliminated from the Champions League as Qarabag became the first ever club from Azerbaijan to reach the group stage.

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And they will also have to fork out for a replace-ment for Paraguyan hitman Federico Santander, who suffered a knee injury during the game which could rule him out for six months.

Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken said: “I have rarely known a team so unfortunate for injuries.

“We have to go a long time with just two fit strikers, so we are prioritising in that department when we are looking to bring new players in.”

“It’s the worst injury situation I can remember.

“Also, we have to pay all the players who are injured too. Our situation hasn’t been helped at all by going out of the Champions League.

“It wasn’t fair that Qarabag went through, but football isn’t fair sometimes.”