Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed some contrasting injury news ahead of the Hoops’ trip to Easter Road to play Hibernian on Saturday.
Speaking to the Celtic Twitter account, Lennon revealed that Kristoffer Ajer will miss the game but Jeremie Frimpong will be available.
“Tomorrow’s too soon”
“Maybe not fit for tomorrow but definitely this week, whether it be Sparta or Ross County. He’s started training and feeling good but tomorrow’s too soon for him” the Hoops boss said, regarding the 22-year-old.
Lennon then spoke about Frimpong. “He’s fine, there’s no ligament damage, and he’s been back training for a few weeks now” was his update on the Hoops right-back.
Both players suffered injuries in the last game before the international break, the win over Motherwell. At first, it seemed like Frimpong’s was going to be the worst, as he was the victim of a very poor challenge by Devante Cole, who somehow escaped a red card.
However, the good news is that Frimpong should be available to start at Easter Road if Neil Lennon deems him worthy of selection.
As for Ajer, that is unfortunate news, as he had only just returned to the team after a spell out. He picked up a groin injury towards the end of the game at Fir Park.
Was called up for international duty
Interestingly, he was still chosen for the Norway squad for their recent internationals. Those games were cancelled for the most part, and Ajer and Mo Elyounoussi returned home early. However, that extra time off won’t be used to Ajer’s benefit at Easter Road, as he will miss out.
It will be interesting to see who the Celtic boss selects to replace Ajer in the side. Shane Duffy has to be an option, as does Hatem Elhamed. Stephen Walsh could also be a consideration.
Hopefully his absence doesn’t last too long, as he is such an important player to the Hoops. It is a good sign that he might be back for Sparta Prague or Ross County, but he will be a real loss for the Hibernian game.