Injured midfielder Nir Bitton can use his torrid experience out as motivation to return.

The Israeli midfielder cried when he learned that he could be out for up to 12 months with injury as reported by the Daily Record.

The 27-year-old is back training with the first team in Dubai, aiming to return to playing duties.

Bitton’s shock period out with injury

His last appearance was almost a year ago in a loss at Rugby Park.

Midfielder is looking to return to Celtic following his year out of football following Kilmarnock contest. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

After the match, Bitton went down to London for a scan on his knee injury and was given the worst possible news.

A spell of nine to 12 months on the sidelines is keeping Bitton off the football field.

Bitton told the Daily Record: “I felt like my career was over because of the way the doctor was talking.

“I felt everything was negative, I left the room, I called my wife and started crying.

“It was a bad time for me, really tough for my family and everyone around me.”

Does midfielder have a future with Celtic following return?

Bitton’s place in the Celtic squad up in the air.

Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie are becoming prominent players in the centre.

Callum McGregor is taking over the central spot of the Celtic midfield. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Even captain Scott Brown has been in and out the team, as has Olivier Ntcham, which makes Bitton’s task of breaking back through more difficult.

What he does offer is the ability to play at centre-back if needs be but Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic are forming a formidable partnership but it could be broken this January.

Israeli international can be Dedryck Boyata’s replacement. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It will be unlikely that Bitton will leave the club in the current transfer window.

What Rodgers decides is best for his returning midfielder will be interesting to see.

As the title race builds up and games come thick and fast, perhaps the midfielder will be needed to let players rest.

However, what is for sure is Bitton is unlikely to be first choice any time soon.

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