Celtic boss Neil Lennon has provided an injury update ahead of the Hoops’ trip to Sarajevo for Thursday’s Europa League play-off.
As disclosed by STV News sports journalist Ronnie Charters on Twitter, the Hoops boss has confirmed that £7m defender has recovered from injury and will be available for the game. However, the bad news is that James Forrest will miss not only the Sarajevo game but next month’s Glasgow derby as well.
Lennon hopeful about one player
The news is slightly better when it comes to Albian Ajeti. He will miss the Sarajevo game but Neil Lennon is hopeful that he will be available for the Rangers game.
Celtic squad update v Sarajevo;
– Albian Ajeti won’t travelled to Sarajevo, neither will James Forrest
– Neil Lennon confirms Forrest will miss the Rangers game but is hopeful Ajeti will be fit for the Old Firm
– Chris Jullien is fit and back in the squad
— Ronnie Charters (@STVRonnie) September 30, 2020
That is certainly good news about Jullien. He has been missed in the last few games and it will be interesting to see if the Hoops boss will return him to the side, or stick with the back three of Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer and Nir Bitton.
Bitton has played very well for the Hoops recently, it would be harsh on him if he was to drop out of the side. As for Forrest, it is no surprise that he is going to be out for a while, but it is still a blow.
Club may move into transfer market?
He is one of Neil Lennon’s first-team mainstays. The Hoops boss will hope that the injury isn’t that severe. The good news is that Jeremie Frimpong can take his place. However, it will be intriguing to see if Celtic move into the transfer market to replace Forrest.
Ajeti was always going to be a doubt after suffering the injury he did against Hibernian. However, it is promising that he could be back for the Glasgow derby next month.
The issue with that scenario is that you don’t want to rush a player back no matter how well they have been performing for the club. Neil Lennon will be watching Ajeti’s progress from injury closely.
It is unfortunate that two vital players will miss such a big European game for Celtic. However, the Hoops have enough in reserve to get the job done.