Celtic injury list in full as supporters prepare for Ange Postecoglou update

By Lewis Laird

September 29, 2022

It wasn’t exactly the ideal international break for Ange Postecoglou, and his squad after several first-team players came away with injury knocks.

Before going into this month’s break, the Celtic manager was already suffering from several issues to some of his defensive options.

So, ahead of this weekend’s game against Motherwell, supporters are eagerly awaiting Postecoglou’s update to the media surrounding the fitness status of some of his players.

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Here is a lowdown on the Bhoys’ current injury list, and the players we are waiting to hear more about from regarding their full return to fitness from the Celtic manager.

Giorgos Giakoumakis

Starting with those who are almost definitely out of this weekend’s game, Giakoumakis is unlikely to take part against Motherwell after his international boss Gus Poyet indicated he wouldn’t be fit in time.

However, thankfully, it doesn’t sound as though Celtic’s number seven will be missing for too long, with the knock he sustained not believed to be serious.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

He may only have missed one game through injury, but in that fixture, he was a huge miss as the Hoops went on to lose 2-0 against St Mirren.

The American defender was forced to pull out of international duty to recover, and now, new reports are even suggesting he could also be out of this weekend’s game.

Postecoglou will be hoping the key defender won’t be out for much longer, given his importance to this Celtic side.

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Carl Starfelt

Another player who picked up his knock before the international break, during the 4-0 win over Rangers, Starfelt, was due to be out for around a month.

Many have been hoping that going into October, the defender might be available, but it may take a few weeks once again to get up to speed if he has made a speed recovery from that knock to his knee.

David Turnbull

Turnbull spent just days with the Scotland National team before being forced to pull out after one game without any involvement due to an ankle injury sustained against St Mirren.

Steve Clarke also seemed hopeful that this injury wasn’t anything serious, and the midfielder was heading back to Lennoxtown to prepare for the club’s next game. So, hopefully, the ex-Motherwell man should be available against his former club.

Liel Abada

After sustaining a knock with the Israel first-team, thankfully, it didn’t seem too serious as Abada went on to play 97 minutes for his nation’s under-21s side on Wednesday.

However, the winger was pulled off in extra time due to tiredness, which could lead Ange Postecoglou to rest the 20-year-old. However, it seems almost certain he should be available for selection.

Daizen Maeda

Following his involvement in Japan’s first friendly against the USA, Maeda went on to miss out the final training sessions and game against Ecuador.

We are yet to hear how serious the injury is and whether it could keep the winger out for a short period of time. But you would imagine it can’t be too bad of a knock due to the Celtic man remaining with his nation rather than returning to Lennoxtown straight away.

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Sead Haksabanovic

When Haksabovic picked up his blow during Montenegro’s fixture midweek, Ange Postecoglou must have been thinking he had no luck whatsoever.

The winger is still looking to build up his fitness, and this weekend’s game could have been the perfect opportunity to reintroduce him to the starting line-up.

But, the former Rubin Kazan man was forced off early, and similar to Maeda, we are yet to hear how serious the knock actually was. So, Ange will be the man to inform supporters, during his pre-match media conference.

Celtic stars head back to Lennoxtown; how many will return to action right away remains to be seen.

Although supporters are waiting to hear from the Celtic manager, it seems that most of the early indications regarding the knocks to the first team players aren’t as bad as first feared.

As mentioned, we will have to wait for Ange to confirm that tomorrow afternoon or if the club decides to put up some training footage on their social media.

Having built a strong squad, the Celtic manager certainly has plenty of options at his disposal going into this weekend’s game.

But with a busy fixture schedule coming up, he will hope to have as many players fit and firing as possible in the coming weeks.

In other news, Report: Host of EPL sides watch on as Celtic midfielder shines for nations u21s.