Celtic defender Jack Hendry posts promising injury update on Instagram

By David Walton

March 24, 2020

Celtic centre-back Jack Hendry’s injury may have halted his progress in Australia, but he’s posted a promising update regarding his fitness.

Hendry picked up a medial collateral ligament tear in his only his second game for Melbourne City against Adelaide United back in early February. Unfortunately, the set-back required surgery to mend it.

Celtic defender Jack Hendry (TF-Images/Getty Images)

It’s now been seven weeks since he had that surgery, and the defender has since missed eight matches for Melbourne. Only yesterday, however, the A-League announced it’s postponed their competition due to the ongoing health crisis.

And Hendry, who could now have a chance to get himself back fit for Melbourne’s run in, published some positive looking shots on his Instagram story yesterday:

Will things fall kindly for Hendry?

This is promising stuff. It looked as though his injury was going to effectively end his season. However, that doesn’t look like being the case. His manager at Melbourne, Erick Mombaerts, stated that he had “five or six” weeks to go before he would be able to get back playing – that was at the start of the month (Scottish Sun).

Going by the Melbourne manager’s prediction, Hendry should now be two or three weeks away from being ready for action. Considering the A-League won’t be continuing until after that period, this is a big boost for him.

So long as Celtic agree to extend his contract with the Australian side, Hendry could yet have a chance to see out the season. It looks as if he should long be over his current injury knock before Melbourne play their final five matches of the regular season.

Jack Hendry in action for Melbourne City (Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Hendry’s side currently sit second in the A-League table. However, despite being four clear of Gary Hooper’s Wellington Phoenix, they’ve still played three games more. Regardless, Melbourne safely look like occupying a playoff spot come the end of the campaign, whenever that is.

Hendry could do with this chance to impress too. He’s so far down the pecking order at Parkhead that he desperately needs some success to add to his case.

But he’s clearly taken a positive step over the last couple of days given he’s back on grass. Hopefully, this can be the start of some better luck for him.