Ange provides injury return timeline as he gets good news on one of his trusted Celtic stars
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou isn’t expecting Christopher Jullien or Greg Taylor back in action from injury until December but is buoyed by the progress of both.
Both players have had to undergo surgery in 2021. Jullien suffered a serious knee injury against Dundee United last December and has been out ever since. Taylor meanwhile had a shoulder problem that required hospital treatment.
Taylor was one of Postecoglou’s go-to players at the start of the season and has adapted well to the inverted wing-back role. The manager will want him back in the team as quickly as possible.
Jullien will be more of a longer-term project in terms of gaining match fitness given his length of time out.
However, the manager was in a good mood yesterday when giving an update on both players, revealing he’s had positive updates on Taylor in particular.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “Chris and Greg won’t make the semi-final and it might be into December for them. I don’t like putting an end date on it, as they could surprise me and come back earlier, or they could get a setback and be longer. But they are both working hard and they are both looking good.
“They have different hurdles to overcome. With Greg it’s about getting clearance for his shoulder. We have had good news on that. The last update is that it has healed well, so as soon as he gets the all-clear he is pretty much ready to play.”
Meanwhile, Postecoglou also revealed that he is not ruling out Tom Rogic or Carl Starfelt for the upcoming clash against St Johnstone at Hampden.
Both of them face a fitness battle, with Rogic ahead of Starfelt in terms of playing chances, but encouragingly could still feature in the League Cup semi-final.
Slowly but surely, this Celtic side are finding the depth needed to negotiate a tough schedule on the horizon through to the New Year.