Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic is currently the fittest he has been at any point of the season, but he is refusing to take that for granted, the Scottish Sun reports.
The Hoops boss only returned from a lengthy knee injury last month against Partick Thistle. Since then, he has remained injury free, although Neil Lennon has at times rested him.
For example, he didn’t play in the recent fixtures against Hamilton or Clyde. However, he did start in the midweek win over Hearts, and scored for the Hoops in the 5-0 win.
After such a long injury lay-off, Simunovic is refusing to take his fitness for granted, and he is taking his fitness battle ‘day by day’ to show that he has fully recovered from his injury.
“Still need game time”
“I came back after five months out and I still need some game time” Simunovic said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“That’s normal though, and I’m looking forward to improving game to game and proving to myself and others that I’m fine. I’d like to say that is now it, but I need to go day by day.”
Will be looking to prove his fitness
Simunovic’s attitude is understandable. He has spent a lot of his time in Glasgow injured, therefore he will be looking to prove to himself and the Hoops staff that he is able to play for the team on a regular basis.
There is no doubt that the player himself will want a run of games in the team, but that might not be possible due to his fitness issues.
The Hoops staff are doing the right thing in limiting the centre-back’s appearances. If giving Simunovic a break once in a while ensures that he is fit until the end of the season, then it will have been worth doing.