Copenhagen provide update on Dame N'Doye ahead of Celtic tie

By David Walton

January 21, 2020

Copenhagen have provided a detailed update on star-striker Dame N’Doye ahead of their Europa League clash with Celtic next month.

N’Doye played 16 times this season and even featured as recently as their last game against Odense (Transfermarkt). He has nine goals to his name this term and is one of Copenhagen’s key threats.

However, the Danish champions released a statement stating that he wasn’t currently training with the first-team squad. He won’t be available for their game against Halmstads BK this weekend – a game where players will be given 45 minutes each in their first match since December 16th.

Copenhagen’s Dame N’Doye (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

But it isn’t all bad news for Copenhagen. They revealed that the plan is to have him ready to play a half against Norrkoping on February 3rd. That’s still several weeks away from the Celtic clash. He’ll also travel with the squad on January 27th for their mid-winter training camp.

N’Doye looks like he’ll be more than ready for Celtic

If he is to make his scheduled return against Norrkoping, N’Doye will have another game against Esbjerg to get himself ready in between.

Interestingly, Copenhagen have also revealed that they’ll be scheduling a match on February 7th against unknown opposition. So that will give him even more time to get up to speed. He won’t play in their friendly against Astana on January 31st.

N’Doye actually missed five of Kobenhavn’s six Europa League group stage games through injury. He only managed 90 minutes overall, and that came in the 1-0 defeat against Malmo. He was also injured during the Europa League qualifying tie against Riga.

Dame N’Doye and Erik Sviatchenko (Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

He has scored in Europe this season, however. Indeed, the Senegalese striker bagged a goal against Red Star Belgrade to take their Champions League qualifying tie to penalties. Unfortunately for Copenhagen, the Slovakians nicked it.

But N’Doye has been a constant pick when fit. He continues to undertake a separate training program for now, but it looks more than likely that he’ll be fit enough for the Celtic game.

It’ll be interesting to see how he responds to whatever injury it is he’s picked up. In any case, Neil Lennon won’t be giving it much thought ahead of our own crucial schedule.