Celtic defender Josip Juranovic set to make injury return on international duty

By Lewis Laird

May 16, 2022

Celtic defender Josip Juranovic will make his injury return at the beginning of next month after receiving a call-up to the Croatian national team.

The 26-year old enjoyed a successful first campaign under Ange Postecoglou after joining from Polish side Legia Warsaw last summer.

However, the full-back also missed out on the final few games of the Premiership season due to injury, when he was forced off in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

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Juranovic was almost declared fit for the season’s final game against Dundee United. But, Postecoglou chose to leave the right-back out of the squad entirely.

He shouldn’t have to wait long for his injury return, though, after being selected for international duty with the Croatian national team for their fixtures next month.

Croatia will kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign with four fixtures in June, against Austria, Denmark, and a double-header against France.

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Having made 16 appearances for his nation, Juranovic has become a regular in Zlatko Dalić’s side, who reached the knockout stages of last summer’s European Championships.

The Celtic full-back will also be looking to play his way into contention for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which takes place later this year.

In his first 35 appearances for Celtic, Juranovic scored five goals and provided two assists whilst becoming a fan’s favourite amongst many supporters.

Off the back of a frustrating end to the season due to injury, he will likely be looking forward to the international fixtures next month before resting up and getting set for his first full pre-season under Ange Postecoglou.

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