Veteran Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre has handed the Hoops a boost ahead of next Sunday’s Glasgow derby. The player has declared himself fully fit after suffering a knee injury.
Izaguirre hasn’t played for over a month, but he feels he can contribute to the Hoops for the rest of the season.
He can contribute
“I played in about 15 games from November to February and was enjoying it with no problems” he said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“Unfortunately, I’ve injured my ankle at the start of March and have been missing since. But I am back in full training now and I feel I am ready to take the next step.”
Return at just the right time
Izaguirre’s comeback has come at just the right time for Celtic. Kieran Tierney’s long-term fitness has to be in doubt, as he is missing Scotland’s game against Kazakhstan and is not long back after months out with a hip problem.
Izaguirre declaring himself fit certainly helps with the left-back issue. Should Tierney miss any games due to his lingering hip issue, Izaguirre is more than capable of stepping into the breach.
The player has made 16 appearances for the Hoops this season, which is probably more than even he expected. If Izaguirre can keep himself fit, he could well be in line to make a few more appearances before the end of the season.