Brendan Rodgers has provided fans with mixed injury news over Kieran Tierney, Olivier Ntcham, and Odsonne Edouard.
The trio all missed out on the 3-0 win over Airdrie on Saturday at Celtic Park. Despite that, Celtic still cruised to a 3-0 success, and never looked like slipping up on the day. The win sent Celtic into the draw for the Scottish Cup last-16 later today.
Emilio Izaguirre, Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah, and Ryan Christie all got chances to impress due to the injuries.
But Rodgers after the match provided updates on when the crocked trio could return. This resulted in a mixture of good and bad news, but certainly more the former.
Speaking after the game, the Hoops manager informed the supporters.
“Kieran we’ll look to get back into training around the beginning of February, hopefully.
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“Olivier will probably be another few weeks out I’d say. He did his hamstring the first day in Dubai.
“Odsonne will hopefully be joining the group at some point next week but certainly the other two boys will be a little bit longer.”
None are long-term concerns
There’s some real positives to take away from this. The main one, however, certainly appears to be that Tierney won’t be needing surgery.
The rumour mill had been on overdrive about the left-back’s hip injury. Speculation that he could perhaps miss the Valencia game was worrying news to supporters. Rodgers, however, seems confident that won’t be the case.
The other form of good news came regarding Edouard. French Eddy would likely have started the Airdrie game if fit, but is clearly just carrying a slight niggle. Having him back in training will be a massive boost to the strikeforce.
Given Timothy Weah’s impressive short cameo and goal yesterday, a partnership between the pair would be an interesting proposition.
The only downside here is the injury to Ntcham. He would’ve been hoping to use yesterday’s match as a fresh start in a season plagued with inconsistency.
It looks as though he’ll be out for a few weeks longer. Fortunately for Celtic, however, the Hoops have plenty of cover to deal with it in the meantime.
All in all, it’s a positive update on a trio of highly-talented individuals.