Celtic loan man Daniel Arzani "hasn't kicked a ball since October"

By David Walton

December 30, 2019

Australia manager Graham Arnold has revealed that winger Daniel Arzani hasn’t kicked a football over the last two months.

As reported by the Daily Record, Arzani hasn’t been picked for an Olympics qualifying tournament set to take place in January.

The qualifiers will take place between January 8-26. Arzani hasn’t played for Celtic since Halloween 2018, however, after he tore his ACL at Dens Park.

Daniel Arzani won’t play for Australia next month (Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images)

Yet today’s update from Arnold is extremely concerning. Despite seemingly being on his way back from injury after a promising summer, the Australia manager has revealed Arzani has apparently suffered a fresh setback. Speaking in the Record, here’s what he had to say:

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“We’ve obviously had the communication with him for a long time. Daniel hasn’t kicked a ball since October. His rehab’s come along quite slowly. I spoke to him just a week ago and that’s why I needed that extra week to try and bide time to announce this squad.

“Daniel just feels that his body’s not ready for this tournament, he feels that to back up every three or four days to play a game in a tournament situation, he’s not ready. So, unfortunately, he’s not in the squad.”

Arzani’s loan spell has now been disastrous

Here’s hoping his injury doesn’t keep him out of the game too long – Arzani’s loan spell here has been disastrous enough.

Arzani has been robbed of luck since joining Celtic (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s funny to think that, even though he’s only played one game for us in his near-18-month spell in Glasgow, Celtic still apparently want him back for next season (The World Game). He’s clearly shown enough in training for Neil Lennon to want him to come back.

Yet despite that, Arzani has a long road ahead of him to get into the Celtic first-team. He currently has both Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi in front of him when it comes to contention. You’re almost giving up on him featuring this season too.

At the same time, it’s important to remember the reputation he has in the game. He became the youngest ever player to play in a World Cup for Australia back in 2018. He featured in all three of their games, and was deemed good enough to secure a move to Manchester City.

When will we see Arzani return? (Stuart Franklin – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

It’ll be interesting to see whether his latest setback does anything to change Celtic’s mind regarding keeping him on. It seems more than likely that he’ll be out for a prolonged period of time yet.

His injury hell just seems to continue. With a bit of luck, he can make an impact at Parkhead at some stage. It just doesn’t look like being anytime soon.