Celtic duo provide fitness boost after returning to training at Lennoxtown

By Lewis Laird

September 29, 2022

Celtic duo David Turnbull and Daizen Maeda have been spotted in first-team training at Lennoxtown, despite picking up injury knocks with their nations.

Both players were selected for their international side over the past two weeks, joining up with the Scotland and Japan teams, respectively.

After a strong start to the campaign for the two players, there was a high chance that they would be involved in their nations competitive and friendly fixtures.

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That was certainly the case for Maeda, who started Japan’s 2-0 win over the USA and was praised for his pressing ability in the first half of the game.

However, at the break, the Celtic frontman was forced off through injury, and in the aftermath of the game, the Japanese FA confirmed that he had pulled up with a knock.

Due to his injury, Maeda wasn’t involved for Japan in their second friendly outing, sitting the match out and watching from the stands.

Whilst the winger was at least involved in one match for his country, the same can’t be said for David Turnbull, who was forced to pull out without featuring due to a knock sustained in the Hoops Scottish Premiership match against St Mirren.

Celtic supporters have been patiently awaiting answers over how long both players might be out for or if they will recover in time for our return to action on Saturday against Motherwell.

That question has been answered after the Celtic duo were spotted in training amongst their teammates on the club’s ‘Lennoxtown Unfiltered’ series, providing fans with an insight into life on the training pitch.

Injury boost for Postecoglou as we await further updates on crocked Celtic stars.

As we mentioned earlier today, we were expecting all of our injury questions to be answered on Friday when Postecoglou speaks to the media.

In Maeda and Turnbull’s case, this all but confirms they will be back fit in time for Saturday’s match against Motherwell, which will come as a boost to the Celtic boss.

However, there are still question marks over the fitness of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Sead Haksabanovic and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Thankfully, Liel Abada can also be seen in training at Lennoxtown after a tiring international break with both his country’s first team and under-21s.

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Hopefully, we are able to hear more in-depth updates on the other crocked members of the first team.

However, you certainly wouldn’t put it past Ange Postecoglou to keep details to a minimum, leaving us and his opponents in suspense as to when they might make their return.

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