Karamoko Dembele provides Celtic fans with surgery bombshell

By Euan Davidson

October 21, 2021

Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele has confirmed he’s had surgery on his ankle.

The talented young winger was injured in pre-season, fracturing his ankle from a heavy challenge against Bristol City [Sun]. In that game, both he and Mikey Johnston suffered injury set-backs, with Johnston only recently returning to the squad.

For Dembele, though, it could take longer. On his Instagram story, he said:

“Hi guys, unfortunately I’ve had some problems with the healing process of my ankle fracture so I’ve had to get surgey done.

“Inshallah [God willing] back on the field soon!”

It’s not great news for the Celtic dynamo, then. With Ange Postecoglou giving opportunities to Academy talents like Adam Montgomery and Dane Murray, it seemed inevitable that Karamoko would have his chance.

But seemingly, that won’t be for a while yet. With Liel Abada, Mikey Johnston, James Forrest and more options in the wings for Celtic, it would’ve been a test for Karamoko anyway.

However, his brief appearances for Celtic – not least in a goal-scoring display against St Johnstone last season – would surely have boosted his chances.

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Hopefully, it’s something he can come back from quickly. But it’s never, ever wise to rush back a return from surgery. An operation requires a fair amount of physio afterwards, so it’ll probably be a while before we talk about Karamoko Dembele in a first team context.

That’s a real, real shame. In pre-season, he was talking about enjoying his football. With every touch of the ball, he looked enterprising, looking for avenues to exploit or gearing up to take shots on goal. An exciting player, no doubt.

Under this manager, he looks perfect to make a rise to the first-team. Supporters have waited for years to see him get a sustained run; under Ange, that seems possible.

However, Karamoko seems upbeat. The tricky winger is giving an emphatic thumbs up in the picture, and he’s overcome injury obstacles before. He could still be a good bet to make positive headlines this season.

We hope he makes a speedy recovery.

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