Celtic captain Callum McGregor won’t require surgery, and Ange Postecoglou expects him to be ‘raring to go’ after the World Cup break.

McGregor visited a specialist on Friday, and while the club only have the initial report on his knee injury back with a full report to follow, Postecoglou gave a pleasing update at McDiarmid Park today.

The way the club captain went off against RB Leipzig, pictures of him in a knee brace and scary rumours about the length of his potential absence all led to fears that Celtic could be missing him for a massive chunk of the season.

Callum McGregor of Celtic FC seen in action during the UEFA
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In the end, it seems we’ll only be without him for around a month of fixtures, in part aided by the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

Postecoglou said after today’s win against St Johnstone [Glasgow Times]: “Initial reports were probably that the break helps us a little bit but will miss three or four weeks. Which is a fair amount of football but, with the break, not so bad.

“The good thing is that with the break he will be raring to go when the season resumes and that will be a massive bonus for us.”

The manager also confirmed to reporters that McGregor won’t require surgery, meaning his rehabilitation won’t be quite as severe as the alternative.

Ultimately I see all of this as good news in the wake of Wednesday night. It was always obvious that McGregor would miss a chunk of matches, but the big worry was an absence that extended into 2023. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

Knowing the way the captain operates, he’ll be doing everything he can to be in peak condition when football resumes in December.

In other news, RB Leipzig camp engulfed by drama ahead of Celtic Park trip.

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