Olivier Ntcham has provided a promising update on Celtic teammate Odsonne Edouard ahead of our clash with Rangers at the weekend, The Celtic View reports (14/10, page 12).
Edouard tested positive for COVID-19 last week, requiring him to self-isolate and recover in France before returning to Scotland late this week.
His status with regards to this weekend’s match is still unknown, but he faces a battle to make it to Glasgow in time to be included in Neil Lennon’s plans.
Still, Ntcham’s update is a pleasing one.
The French midfielder has checked in with his compatriot and reckons the young striker is progressing well following his diagnosis.
As quoted by The Celtic View (14/10, page 12), he said: “I think these things are always a shock, but I spoke to Odsonne and he’s doing okay, he’s feeling good and recovering well.
“He’s keeping active every day, and the club and French football organisation have handled it well.
“I hope he’s going to be fine soon. His health is the most important thing, and I think everyone understands that.”
Given Edouard’s importance to Celtic, there’ll be a clamouring for him to feature against Steven Gerrard’s side.
The striker has scored an impressive six goals in nine appearances against the Ibrox outfit.
However, it’s essential to understand that his long-term health is the most crucial thing here and that he can only start if he’s been symptomless and has fully recovered.
Hopefully, the club doctors can give him the all-clear, and he’s able to be our derby conqueror once again.
If not, we look forward to the 22-year-old returning to the Celtic team as soon as possible. Edouard has a massive part to play this season whether he starts this weekend or not.