Ex-Celtic loanee Charly Musonda plays for first time in over 2 years

By David Walton

September 26, 2021

Former Celtic loanee Charly Musonda has sent out an emotional Instagram message after playing his first game in over 2 years on Friday.

Musonda has been out of action after suffering a posterior cruciate ligament injury with Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2018. After trying to return a year later, it was aggravated further, with doctors telling the Chelsea youngster he would only have a 20% chance of a return [BBC].

Indeed, his last game before his injury came all the way back in August 2019. A 31-minute cameo against Zwolle for Vitesse. But now, he’s finally back on the pitch after appearing against the Liverpool U23s for Chelsea in a dramatic 4-3 win. Musonda would play an impressive 61 minutes after a long road back from not even being able to walk properly. And as he reacted emotionally on Instagram, the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Karamoko Dembele, and Raheem Sterling all responded:

At 24, Musonda still has a long way to go in his career. There is plenty of time for the Belgian youngster to reach greater heights yet.

His time at Celtic didn’t exactly go to plan of course. Originally joining on an 18-month loan deal, he was sent back to Chelsea laster that summer. He would only make eight appearances for the Hoops and never scored for the club [Transfermarkt].

Throughout Musonda’s career so far, he’s already had several loan spells. Spells with the likes of Real Betis and Vitesse have come and gone, and he’ll now be looking at what’s next for him in the long-term.

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Charly Musonda returns to football after heroic off-field journey

It’s great to see such an incredible recovery. It’s difficult to imagine the pain that must’ve been battering Musonda from the inside when he heard about news of his original injury.

Being told that he only had a 20% chance of a return would’ve been heartbreaking. For many, it would’ve totally killed their dreams of being a footballer. Imagine what that can do to a certain type of individual’s motivation levels.

However, Musonda appears to have used the 20% chance as motivation. As an opportunity and a sign that he still did have a possibility of returning to action.

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Now, he’s back after 2 years of off-field grafting. It doesn’t matter how far down the pecking order he is at Chelsea either. Truthfully, that’ll be the last thing on the Belgian’s mind.

At this point, he’ll just be grateful and delighted to be back doing what he loves again. With the summer transfer window over, it’s essential for him to start getting regular minutes with the U23s before looking at what’s next for him.

Given his injury, a gradual integration is vital. Musonda won’t want to rush anything, and that’s the right course of action to take. Fingers crossed he goes from strength to strength – his superb comeback story may not be finished just yet.

In other news, Callum McGregor sounds all but ready to be a one-club man at Celtic