Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has posted a promising Instagram update that shows clear improvement in his mobility.
The centre-back hasn’t played for the club since the 2-0 home win against AIK back in August. Since then, he’s been undergoing rehab work after a surgical clean-out of his problematic knee. The rehab was also supposed to be between three to four months long (The Telegraph).
As things stand, Simunovic has been out for almost three months. Therefore, if we’re following his apparent injury return timeframe, then he should be edging closer to a comeback.
And he certainly gave supporters a boost with his social media update yesterday. He posted a video of him doing high jumps on a mini-trampoline. Something that proves his knee is getting stronger. Here’s a look at a snapshot of his update from yesterday:
The post is a clear message to supporters that he’s getting there. There’s still been no update from Neil Lennon on the former Dinamo Zagreb defender’s progress, but he looks to be getting on well.
Simunovic was also a key part of the team before his injury. Lenny selected him on seven occasions, and played him in all six Champions League qualifiers earlier on this term (Transfermarkt).
But when he does return, he’ll be walking into a highly-changed situation.
Can Jozo really break through?
The partnership between Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer has been Lenny’s go-to this season. The pair look to be in tremendous form together, and have settled with the other nicely.
Behind them, Celtic only really have Nir Bitton to choose from, however. Therefore, Simunovic’s return to the fold is imperative for squad depth.
Celtic would also normally have Hatem Abd Elhamed to call on to plug any centre-back gaps too. The Israeli, however, will be out for six weeks according to his agent (Dudu Dahan’s Twitter).
Simunovic’s return can’t come quickly enough. With as many as 11 games occurring between now and the winter break, the players won’t get any chances to have a breather. We need as many options in as many positions as possible.
Hopefully, this message from Simunovic leads to a return in the near future. Things certainly look to be getting better going by his latest update.