Jeremie Frimpong’s recovery from injury has reportedly taken a big step today, according to the Scottish Sun.
The right-back is reported to have been back running on grass in today’s session in what is a boost for supporters who were unsure of his situation.
Despite that, the Scottish Sun has reported that the defender is still understood to be undergoing his rehab. It all comes after Frimpong was taken out by Alan Power at Rugby Park last month.
But the news comes as a boost after Neil Lennon provided a cloudy assessment of where Frimpong was at. He stated in comments published by the Daily Record on Sunday that we would just have to “wait and see” how long he would be out for.
Whilst that still remains the case, it’s clear he’s on the mend. The Sun didn’t state whether he had been kicking footballs today, but it’s at least an improvement.
All eyes on Copenhagen
Frimpong was added to the Europa League squad for the last-32 tie against Copenhagen after a stunning breakthrough in the first half of the campaign at only 19 years of age. That tie will get underway next Thursday when Celtic travel to Denmark for the first leg.
Even at this early stage, it seems unlikely that Jeremie would be back for that one. It would be far too risky to field a player who was making his return in the game. It all depends on whether he can make the Aberdeen clash at the weekend, but even that looks extremely doubtful.
It looks like it will be a case of trying to get him up to speed for the second leg at Parkhead. Regardless of what the score is in Copenhagen, we could do with Frimpong’s energy down the right side to take the game to our Danish opponents.
Another intriguing question heading into this tie, of course, is whether Lennon sticks with the 3-5-2. If he does, you could argue that Frimpong doesn’t even get into the starting XI anyway. James Forrest would likely play as the right wing-back, with three centre-backs making up the defensive trio.
It’ll most likely be horses for courses between now and the end of the season. Sometimes we’ll go with 4-2-3-1, and on other occasions we’ll go with the 3-5-2. The better quality you face, the wiser it is to keep the defence more protected.
Regardless, that’s a debate for another day. For now, it’s just great to see that Frimpong is back out and putting some pressure on his legs again.