Celtic hero "feeling back to my old self" after nasty injury last month

By David Walton

February 9, 2022

Celtic superstar Callum McGregor has stated that he’s feeling back to his old self as he provided a positive update on his facial injury.

McGregor picked up the nasty knock in a Scottish Cup clash at Alloa several weeks ago. It resulted in a double cheekbone fracture that looked destined for surgery given the seriousness of the incident.

However, just a couple of weeks later, McGregor returned with a face mask and put in a scintillating performance to down Rangers. It was an incredible recovery time given how bad the injury looked at the time. McGregor was again involved against Motherwell on Sunday, and looks primed to start at Pittodrie tonight too.

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And as he continues to slowly recover fully from his cheekbone fracture, the captain has delivered a positive update on where he’s at in that regard.

As quoted by the Herald, Callum said: “Yeah it’s getting there. The mask just gives me the protection that I need. It’s getting better every day, it’s getting stronger, so hopefully that continues to happen.

“The swelling is coming down every day as well, so I’m feeling back to my old self and it’s just about getting comfortable with the mask until I don’t really need it. Here’s hoping that will be pretty soon.”

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Callum McGregor already playing like his old self as Celtic captain awaits mask removal

Just playing in these games has been impressive enough from McGregor. Not many would’ve had the courage to throw themselves back into the mix after the injury he sustained. However, he was simply itching to help the club and do a job for the team. That’s a true captain for you.

Even more impressive, however, is the fact that he’s been one of the stars of the show over the last 2 matches. His performance levels haven’t dipped whatsoever despite his face still not being at 100%. McGregor has continued to throw himself up for headers and has been willing to put himself in harm’s way.

That’s what you get with Callum, you get total non-stop commitment. And goodness knows where we would’ve been had he not been able to feature over the last week. He was certainly a big contributor against the Ibrox club in particular.

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But of course, Callum can’t be fully comfortable so long as he’s operating in that mask. Whilst he may be getting used to it, it will undoubtedly be a frustrating thing to have to deal with.

The sooner he gets it off him, the better. Granted, the safety of the player and the need for him to recover fully is what ultimately takes top priority here.

Fingers crossed that won’t be too long. Regardless, Callum’s attitude continues to be phenomenal as we continue our title-charge.

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