Karamoko Dembele returns from long-term Celtic injury with 90 minutes of action

By John McGinley

February 14, 2022

Celtic talent Karamoko Dembele is back in action after completing a full 90 minutes for the Celtic B side on Sunday.

Dembele has been dealing with a serious ankle injury following a horror tackle in a pre-season friendly against Bristol City last summer.

On the verge of getting significant game time under Ange Postecoglou, the youngster instead endured months of rehabilitation following surgery.

Now, he’s back.

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Dembele was a surprise starter for Celtic B in their Scottish Lowland Football League fixture at home to Vale of Leithen yesterday afternoon.

Not only was he in the starting eleven, but he managed to complete a full 90 minutes, which is a promising sign of the road ahead for the teenager.

The official Celtic website described his performance as ‘lively’ as Tommy McIntyre’s young Hoops ran out 4-0 winners.

Summer signing Joey Dawson was on the scoresheet while Ben Summers netted an impressive hat-trick.

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With increased fitness and match readiness, Dembele has a good shot of returning to the senior group permanently.

However, the manager will not want to rush him back too quickly. We’ve seen the patience he’s kept with Christopher Jullien following his debilitating injury.

Dembele’s contract is also set to expire at the end of the season, so that’s another factor.

Regardless, it’s fantastic to see him healthy again and hopefully, he can push on from here.

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