Chris Jullien has managed to find something to lift some of the Celtic fans’ spirits as he posted a promising update regarding his fitness.
The towering centre-back damaged his knee ligaments back in December. This came after he rammed his knee straight into the post after making a last-ditch challenge against Dundee Utd at Parkhead.
Initially, it looked as though Jullien was going to be out until April or so. However, after flying back home to France, Neil Lennon provided a horrific update to supporters on Friday when he confirmed the Frenchman could be out for as many as nine months [The Herald].
Whilst that remains likely, we were able to see some promising signs today. Jullien, for the first time since his injury, published a video of him at the Clairfontaine medical centre walking without crutches. You can see it for yourself below:
— Chris Jullien.. (@Chri6ViF) February 23, 2021
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Jullien’ce influence at Parkhead cannot be undermined. The Frenchman has played a total of 14 games for the club all season. Only three have ended in defeat with two coming in Europe. In the Premiership, Celtic won seven of the nine games he was involved in [Transfermarkt].
Jullien can also point to his clean sheet run in the league this year too. Of the nine games played, a fine six of them ended in clean sheets. To put that into perspective, we’ve only managed eight clean sheets in the 21 league games when he hasn’t been in the side.
His return can’t come quickly enough. But it’s evident it won’t be happening this season as the campaign continues to become more and more of a write-off.
But even so, this is still a crucial update. There needs to be no new set-backs in the coming weeks or months regarding Jullien’s recovery. We’re already likely going to miss him for the European qualifiers. We’ll also see him miss the start of the 2021/22 league campaign. So any progress is great to see.
Jullien has a big role to play upon his return. With Shane Duffy heading back to Brighton and doubts over the future of Kris Ajer, Chris could be Stephen Welsh’s long-term partner at the heart of the defence.
So the sooner he’s back and we can develop that partnership, the better. For now, however, small steps without crutches is as good a boost as we can hope for.