Ange Postecoglou discusses James Forrest Celtic injury blow
Ange Postecoglou has admitted James Forrest was 100% for the Celtic match against Motherwell on Sunday, but felt he could get an hour of football out of him.
Forrest pulled up in the first half with an apparent muscle injury before being replaced by Mikey Johnston. He had also been replaced at half-time the previous week at Tannadice against Dundee United.
Returning to training late last week, the hope was the winger would come through yesterday unscathed and continue building his fitness. However, he’s now been added to Ange’s growing injury list.
The manager didn’t know the extent of his injury after the match yesterday but also acknowledged his disappointment, telling The Scottish Daily Mail [13/12 print edition, page 67]: “I’m not really sure. I spoke with him and obviously, it was significant enough for him to come off, which is disappointing. Again, he hasn’t been 100 per cent but we felt today that we could get an hour out of him, but it didn’t work out.
“It’s not a great run we are going through. Unfortunately, it’s in one area, which is really challenging us. When you dust it all down, we’re not in bad shape in terms of the way we are playing our football and our form in terms of results. We’ve just got to overcome this as well.”
Postecoglou also discussed Celtic’s loss of rhythm in the game against Motherwell after Forrest went off. Although the Bhoys did recover to create many more chances in the match and win 1-0.
Forrest hasn’t made a huge impact but he’s an experienced attacker who can undoubtedly help the Bhoys make an impact in the final third. That he is missing at a time we also don’t have Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota available is a particular blow.
The way he limped off didn’t look great but let’s hope his injury assessment is in the Kyogo bracket rather than the Albian Ajeti one.