There were positive signs on the injury front for both David Turnbull and Carl Starfelt this morning, as the duo trained amongst the first team group.

However, the Bhoys still await the full return of Jota, who was also in training at Lennoxtown today on his own.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is expected to give an injury update later this afternoon, ahead of the Hoops clash against Shakhtar Donetsk, with all three players likely to get a mention.

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Whilst Postecoglou has built a much stronger squad this campaign, the absence of all three players has arguably been felt in recent weeks.

Both Turnbull and Jota have missed out on Celtic’s recent Scottish Premiership outings, with the Celtic duo suffering from small knocks.

However, for Starfelt, it has been a more long-term issue after the defender injured his knee during the Hoops’ impressive 4-0 win over Rangers at the beginning of September.

As mentioned, supporters are eagerly anticipating Ange Postecoglou’s latest injury update, which will take place later today, before Celtic’s Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old looks set to welcome back David Turnbull after he was spotted by the Sky Sports cameras at Lennoxtown, following his absence from the squad in Scottish Premiership and Premier Sports Cup action.

But, a return for either Starfelt or Jota tomorrow night seems very unlikely as the injured duo continued to build up their fitness and get back to full strength.

Jota and Starfelt return may not be on the horizon, but duo will be a welcomed return.

Although David Turnbull seems like the only realistic option out of the three for the squad tomorrow, I am sure Ange Postecoglou will be delighted to see another injured player back in contention.

Both Jota and Starfelt have been key players since the former Socceroos boss’s arrival. So, it will also come as a frustration to have those two missing.

However, Postecoglou and his coaching staff are doing the correct thing by not rushing them back into action, like we might have done last season.

The Celtic duo will be welcomed back in due course as we prepare for more crucial fixtures in the coming weeks and months.

I am sure we will hear more about the fitness or potential availability of all three players in a few hours’ time.

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