Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has disclosed some positive news about an injured player.

Centre-back Dedryck Boyata will return to first-team training soon.

Boyata hasn’t played since the Hoops returned from their winter break but that should change shortly.

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“The plan, all being well with the last couple of days of rehab, is for him to train with the reserves this weekend” Rodgers told the Daily Record.

“And then he will hopefully train with the first team next week”.

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It would be a huge boost for Celtic if Boyata returned in time for the Europa League clash with Valencia.

The game is on February 14th so it might be touch and go if Boyata makes it or not.

If there is any chance of Boyata making the game though, he could well be selected for it.

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The Celtic boss has played Boyata in big games as soon as he has returned to fitness.

The biggest example of this was last season, when he returned from weeks out to play in the 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

Boyata wasn’t at his best in that game, but the gamble worked as the Hoops won the game.

Before the Valencia game Celtic play St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup, it will be interesting to see if Boyata makes the squad for that game.

If he does, then there is little doubt that he will be in the squad to face Valencia.

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