Former Celtic man Timothy Weah tears hamstring in Lille return

By David Walton

February 18, 2020

Former Celtic loan star Timothy Weah has suffered yet another fresh blow after he picked up a hamstring tear on his own return from injury.

The Lille forward made his first appearance for the Ligue 1 side since August in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Marseille. A muscle injury kept Weah out for the long-haul before he was reintroduced for a 10-minute cameo.

And, unfortunately, Lille have officially announced that Weah has once again been hit with another set-back. Publishing on the club’s official Twitter page, Lille confirmed that his right hamstring has been torn. They state that a process of rehabilitation has now begun.

Weah, of course, spent last season on loan at Celtic from PSG. He made a lasting impression after making 17 appearances an only scoring four goals (Transfermarkt). Despite his low scoring rate, however, his affection for the club was undoubted, and he always looked lively when given an opportunity.

That’s what makes this a disappointing blow to see. Weah deserves his opportunity to shine in one of Europe’s big leagues, but that’s twice now that injuries have robbed him of it.

Not going for Weah looks like a positive move

It was disappointing in the summer when Celtic didn’t make a move for Weah. Considering he clearly looked a good fit for the Scottish Premiership and the fact he was available, it was a shame we couldn’t get something over the line.

However, with his injury problems since moving to France, we may have managed to avoid a potential disaster. And what makes it interesting is that there were no sign of hamstring complaints during his time at Celtic.

Weah has had a rough time of it this season. He wasn’t able to play in any of the club’s six Champions League games this season. He’s also largely had to watch on as his side continue to battle impressively in fourth position.

TImothy Weah (Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The forward now only has three appearances to his name this season (Transfermarkt). Everyone would’ve been expecting more, and it already looks as though this season is now a write-off.

Hamstring tears can take weeks or months depending on whether it’s a grade 2 or 3 tear. Only Lille and Weah will know the potential recovery time as things stand.

Hopefully he manages to get back on his feet and playing regularly once again next season. His talent is too great for him to be injury-prone.