Neil Lennon has outlined the three ways Celtic have tried to get defender Christopher Jullien fit and ready to play once more, the Daily Record reports.
Jullien hasn’t played for Celtic since September as he deals with a back injury.
“He’s not responding well, he still has a lot of pain, a lot of discomfort in his back. Unfortunately, and I don’t know if I can put a timescale on it, but he’s going to be out for the next few weeks” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Lennon then spoke about the three different ways Celtic had tried to get to the root of Jullien’s injury. The Hoops have worked very hard to get the player fit.
“Hopefully we will see an improvement”
“He’s had scans, he’s seen specialists, he’s seen chiropractors, he’s getting round the clock treatment now and hopefully we will see an improvement in his condition as we go along” he concluded.
The ongoing injury is a real blow to both Jullien and Celtic. The player must be frustrated that he has missed so many big games this season. He missed the first derby of the season against Rangers, and will miss the Europa League clash against Milan.
Thrived last season in games he has missed this season
He thrived against Rangers and in Europe last season, and he can’t repeat those feats. Jullien’s injury also means that Neil Lennon can’t play a settled line-up at the back. The back three have had to chop and change since the start of the season.
That is not ideal, and Jullien was particularly missed in the recent game against Rangers. You can measure how important the player is to Celtic when you see the lengths that the club has gone to try and get the back problem sorted.
Sadly it seems that Celtic will have to wait for at least a few more weeks to get Jullien back. Hopefully by that time the Hoops will be on an unbeaten run, and the centre-back can fit seamlessly into the side.
In other news, John Hartson can still remember a Martin O’Neill speech before a Celtic win in Europe.