Celtic winger Liel Abada has communicated on Instagram that he did everything he could to be fit in time for Israel’s upcoming international matches but just couldn’t make it.

Abada pulled a quad muscle in training after arriving in his homeland. The national team’s physios then put work into him to prepare him for crucial qualifiers, but no risks will be taken, thankfully.

Abada said on the social media site: “I waited a long time for tonight’s game against Kosovo but unfortunately during my first training this week I got injured. Together with the medical staff, we tried to do everything for me to be fit but in the end, but it didn’t work. Today I will sit together with the fans and cheer on my friends on the pitch with all my heart.”

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Abada’s old pal at Celtic Nir Bitton, who was instrumental in helping the talented attacker settle in Glasgow during his debut season, responded simply in the comments with: “I love you.”

It’s not yet clear how long Abada will be missing, although clearly, Ange Postecoglou will be hoping the injury is nothing serious and that he can come back into contention for matches immediately following the break.

The fact that Abada tried to make this week’s matches suggests there shouldn’t be a long-term lay-off. And the precautions taken to make sure he doesn’t play are positive.

Celtic travel away to Ross County on April 2nd before hosting Rangers on April 8th. Abada has been particularly adept in derby matches since joining the Bhoys, so everyone will be keeping their fingers crossed he is fit for that one – even if it’s only as an impact substitute.

He remains the Bhoys’ second top scorer this season behind Kyogo Furuhashi, with 12 in total despite limited starts. His knack for being in the right place at the right time can be crucial in tight matches.

All the best in your recovery Liel!

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