The injury crisis that has been consuming Celtic over the last few weeks looks to be healing nicely all of a sudden.
Celtic put Hibernian to the sword in a convincing 2-0 success at Parkhead. Yet, most impressively, was the fact they did it with around 10 players either injured or suspended.
There was a couple of big boosts given to the Hoops pre-match. Dedryck Boyata made his return to the starting line-up, whilst Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Mikael Lustig were on the bench. That’s despite the fact all three men were highly doubtful to make the match.
And Rodgers confirmed post-match that the trio aren’t the only ones returning to action in the near future. Speaking to the official Celtic website, the Northern Irishman gave us the news we’ve all been wanting to hear.
“The medical team tell me they think he’s got away with it (Izaguirre’s injury). He’s a little bit sore and hopefully he’ll be okay in a few days.
“Olivier will hopefully be back somewhere towards the weekend. He’s been training all week.
“Odsonne hopefully will be okay, and James Forrest’s scan was clear. Again, we’ll need to monitor the tightness of that. I think he’ll definitely be available for Valencia.”
Celtic starting to get their stars back once again
Celtic could’ve had up to 14 players missing last night. But, considering the fresh news from Rodgers regarding potential returning stars, they could have as little as eight players out for the weekend.
As well as the players Rodgers mentioned here, Kristoffer Ajer will also return from his suspension. All of a sudden, Celtic are looking stronger in the defensive ranks once again.
It doesn’t appear that Forrest will be back for Sunday. But if Rodgers is targeting the Valencia game, then it’s clear his injury isn’t as bad as first feared either.
Kieran Tierney is also back on the training pitch. It may be a short while until he’s fit once again, but he’s clearly on the mend.
It looked a lot gloomier than that just a few days ago when we were all picking the pieces up from the St Johnstone win on Sunday. Now, it looks like Celtic’s top stars are ready to return.