Celtic injury update: Ange Postecoglou delivers news on Juranovic, Giakoumakis and more
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Josip Juranovic will be out for ‘a couple of weeks’ after the defender was forced off through injury in Sunday’s Hampden Park defeat.
However, Postecoglou appears to have received an injury boost, with the Croatian defender being the only player from last week’s game who will be out for Sunday.
The 56-year old also told 67 Hail Hail in a press conference this afternoon that striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is back in contention for the trip to Dingwall this weekend.
Giakoumakis missed the Scottish Cup semi-final tie at Hampden Park last weekend, after sustaining a knock in the 7-0 win over St Johnstone.
But, the Greek frontman has recovered in time for a return to the squad this weekend after missing just one week of action.
Frustration for Juranovic, but a timely boost for Postecoglou
Although the Juranovic news will come as a blow to the Bhoys, the opposite effect will be felt at the return of Giakoumakis, who has been a crucial player in the Celtic side over the last few months.
There is an able replacement for the right-back, with Anthony Ralston, who has been enjoying a brilliant campaign, ready to step in, having enjoyed the heroics of his last trip to the Highlands.
Throughout the week, there were also some fears that several other players may have been suffering from injuries, such as Cameron Carter-Vickers. But, the majority of the squad has come through unscathed, which is crucial for this period in the season.
Now is the time for all players to step up and be counted as we prepare for the run-in to determine who wins the Premiership title.
Having Giakoumakis back in the squad could provide a huge boost, not only for this weekend but the other four remaining games of the season.
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