Christopher Jullien not expected to be available for Celtic until late November
Ange Postecoglou isn’t expecting Christopher Jullien to be available for Celtic team selection until after the next international break.
Jullien has been out of action for Celtic since suffering a serious knee injury at home to Dundee United last December.
Surgery and a long period of rehabilitation have prevented his return throughout 2021. However, recently, he returned to training at Lennoxtown after lots of hard work to get to that point.
For Postecoglou it’s now about getting him up to speed and available for selection in matches. But he isn’t expecting that to happen for another month.
Speaking in his press conference today, the Bhoys boss said [YouTube]: “He’s been training with us now since the international break, so ten days. He’s going well. But he’s coming back from a long-term injury.
“With him, it’s about now getting him to train with the team and getting him to feel good about himself, confident. There are no issues with an injury now, it’s just about, after being out for so long, getting him up to speed where he feels comfortable.
“Obviously it’s challenging because there’s no real game time for us to get him involved in. I expect between now and the international break for him to continue to work hard and then post-international break hopefully it’s a little bit of a target for him to become available.”
Celtic action after the international break doesn’t start until 20th November, against St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden. After that, it’s Leverkusen away.
Those matches are unlikely to be the kind of occasion Postecoglou wants to throw Jullien into after such a long time out, so the Aberdeen match on November 28th or Hearts on December 2nd look like the most likely candidates for a big return.
In the meantime, the manager continues to build a defensive partnership between Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, both of whom have looked more solid in recent games.
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