Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli’s comments suggest that he could be back fit sooner rather than later.
The Hoops left-back was ruled out of last night’s Europa League clash against Lazio after suffering a hamstring knock against Hibernian (Celtic Twitter). Boli was hooked at half-time last Saturday, and was a doubt throughout the week.
The Belgian has been Celtic’s first-choice left-back all season. Despite the signing of Greg Taylor, Lennon hasn’t lost faith in his summer signing.
But as he spoke to the Celtic View this week (Volume 55, Issue 18, Page 21) it didn’t sound as though he believed he was going to miss last night. Speaking after the Hibs game as he previewed Lazio, this is what he had to say:
“My cousin Jordan Lukaku plays for them, so it is an extra special game for me. He was out injured for a while there but is already back training. I’m excited to go there and be involved in a big game and maybe afterwards I will get to speak to him.
“He’s not in their Europa League squad so I won’t play against him.
“We go there with a lot of confidence. We will look to use our confidence and focus to win again.”
Not a player that sounds badly injured
If Boli’s injury was more severe, you would’ve expected him to be a tad more pessimistic about his chances of playing. Therefore, even though he missed out last night, he’s doesn’t sound like he’ll be too far away.
Yesterday’s clash was the first match Boli has been out injured for this season. He’s played in 22 of Celtic’s 26 games this season (Transfermarkt). The other three he missed out in have simply been to keep him rested.
So he doesn’t particularly come across as injury-prone either. Last season for Rapid Vienna, Boli only missed six games with a hamstring injury and one because he was ill (Transfermarkt). This bodes well for Celtic as the season goes on.
Overall, Boli has impressed at Parkhead with his performances. After a shaky start, the Belgian has managed to get the Celtic support behind him and win plenty of them over.
Another boost for Celtic is the fact that we have an international break coming up. If Boli is to be sidelined for Saturday’s match against Motherwell at Parkhead, he has a full two weeks afterward to recover for Livingston.
So hopefully this injury blow isn’t anything long-term. Judging by Boli’s comments, it shouldn’t be.