Former Celtic talent Charly Musonda has been given just a 20% chance of returning to professional football, The Scottish Sun reports.
Still just 23, Musonda joined the Hoops on a lengthy 18-month loan in January 2018 but had left by the end of that season after failing to make a real breakthrough in Brendan Rodgers’ side.
His arrival was much heralded at the time with the club opting to hand him an iconic 67 jersey.
He made just eight appearances for the Hoops, most memorably providing a classy assist for Callum McGregor in a 1-0 win over FC Zenit in the Europa League.
The attacker is still officially on the books at Chelsea and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Vitesse, where he suffered a horror injury last year in a reserve match.
After undergoing surgery, Musonda says the chances are slim of making a return at a professional level but he is still eyeing a training return eventually.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Seven months ago I underwent surgery on my knee ligaments. The medical people gave me barely a 20 per cent chance to ever play professional football again.
“After not being in top shape for almost four years, I am continuing my path to recovery and redemption.
“I hope to be back training in about four months. My view is to never give up on your dreams, no matter how difficult they can be and to stay motivated.”
Not being in ‘top shape’ is perhaps what contributed to his woes at Celtic, where he never really looked motivated to make an impact.
Still, it’s obviously never nice to see injury potentially cut a young talent’s career short and hopefully his determination to return works out for all parties.
Sometimes a player needs a bit of adversity to really forge the mentality needed to shine and progress in the game.