Hatem Abd Elhamed’s status at Celtic has sat at “injured” for too long this season, but the big Israeli seems to be on the mend.
Elhamed posted a positive message on his Instagram story today after apparently undergoing tests. Neil Lennon confirmed that the right-back had picked up an injury in Dubai, stating that he could be out for a few weeks with a groin problem (Daily Record).
It remains to be seen whether today’s test results for Elhamed leads to a reduced recovery timeframe. However, reacting to “very positive” news this morning, he posted the following:
There’s no more clarification than what Elhamed has provided. The fact of a return to action being promised “soon” is a boost, but it’s still up in the air as to how soon.
Celtic could do with Elhamed’s power
Jeremie Frimpong has done a superb job at right-back for Celtic. He’s rightfully earned plaudits from all quarters, with Lennon himself even saying that he was one of the best youngsters he had worked with (BBC).
However, he can’t be expected to play every game on his own. You can see at times we need an alternative, and Elhamed offers in power what Frimpong can’t at the moment.
Against Rangers, Elhamed was a big miss in particular. At Ibrox, he was storming down the right with the Rangers men bouncing off of him. With James Forrest going missing at Parkhead, Frimpong didn’t have the power to shrug off his defenders.
Frimpong will continue to play a key role for us in the coming years. But Elhamed has always been and still is our number one right-back, regardless of what’s happened over the last few months.
All eyes will now be fixated on when he’ll be back. Celtic have a host of away fixtures over the next few weeks, and it would be ideal for Elhamed to be available for most of them. We also have seven games until we face Copenhagen in the Europa League – another tie we need him back for.
Hopefully, Lennon expands a little more on what Elhamed means with his Instagram post at tomorrow’s presser. But whatever it is, you can bet it’s good news.