Celtic boss provides update on Odsonne Edouard fitness after post-Dundee concern

By David Walton

August 11, 2021

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is fit and available to face Jablonec tomorrow after a slight fitness scare after the Dundee game.

Edouard had reportedly suffered what appeared to be an ankle knock after the 6-0 win over the Dee on Sunday. The Frenchman had just notched his first competitive goal of the new campaign after starting his second consecutive match on the bench [Scottish Sun].

Celtic remain thin on the ground for soli centre-forward options. Outside of Kyogo Furuhashi and Edouard, it’s difficult to say we have another face to rely on. Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths have yet to prove their worth this term.

But any knock picked up after the clash with James McPake’s men has apparently been insignificant. Postecoglou provided an update on the Frenchman’s fitness this afternoon, and speaking via Celtic TV, the boss said the following:

“No he’s fine. He got a bit of a knock. We actually had a training session after the game for the ones who didn’t play a lot. Odsonne was part of that and he got a bit of a knock.

“But he trained today, he’s all good. At this stage everyone’s got a clean bill of health at the weekend and is available for selection.”

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It’s not that this tie is in any doubt. Or even that we need Edouard for future games. We know what he can provide when on his game and it’s natural we would want him fit to try and find his form once more.

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However, at the same time, his availability is important for so much more than selection issues.

If Celtic want to sell the Frenchman, it isn’t a great look if he’s struggling with an injury. He’s already out of form and into the final year of his contract. His value has already depreciated enough. However, any nasty knock could easily put clubs off buying him immediately.

Clubs will be looking to sign strikers who can get off to a fast start for them. Someone who can come in and kickstart their campaign and get some early confidence built into them. Edouard, for that to be the case, needs to continue featuring and try to get back in form for Celtic.

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He’s unlikely to start tomorrow night in any case. Postecoglou will surely be eyeing up another start for Furuhashi. It’s important he builds on the fine hattrick netted against Dundee at the weekend.

But it’s vital we have Edouard available in any case. He’s still a great option for Celtic and it doesn’t help us if we want to sell him.

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