Toulouse’s on-loan Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo has suffered another setback after tearing a thigh muscle, according to French outlet La Depeche.

Bayo has been with the Ligue 2 side since the start of the season as he spends the 2020/21 campaign on loan in France.

After a positive start to the campaign in which he scored a debut double against Grenoble, Bayo has since been on a run of five games without a goal or an assist to his name.

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And it looks like he’s been hit with another set-back. La Depeche reports that Bayo has picked up a torn thigh muscle that will keep him out for “several weeks”. This comes after the Ivorian was taken off after 65 minutes in their 1-0 win at Ajaccio on Saturday as he received treatment on the pitch.

Bayo has started every game for Toulouse this season as he continues to get valuable first-team minutes. But his latest setback will, unfortunately, put an end to that run as he looked to try and get back on the goal trail.

 

A blow for Bayo – must pick himself up ASAP

This is unfortunate. Bayo is with Toulouse to try and catch the eye of Neil Lennon and get his career back on track. Even though he had been on a poor goalless run, the minutes on the pitch will have been doing him a power of good.

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A torn thigh muscle could have him out for even longer than several weeks if it’s aggravated further. It’s essential that Toulouse take caution with him throughout his knock and don’t rush him back too soon.

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo celebrates a goal

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo celebrates a goal (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In fairness to Bayo, despite his recent goal drought, he had been a big part of Toulouse’s five-game unbeaten run. But even if the Ligue 2 side gain promotion this season, he’ll need to do more on an individual basis to catch Lennon’s eye.

It’s a massive year for him, where he could either throw himself into Lennon’s plans for the 2021/22 season or have Toulouse take up an option-to-buy on him. Whatever route he goes down, it’s important he impresses and stands out in France.

We wish Vakoun all the very best in his recovery process. Hopefully, he’s back on the pitch as soon as possible.

In other news, we discuss why Neil Lennon can’t afford to make the selection decision that would infuriate the Celtic supporters tonight.

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