Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi’s injury problems look like they’re on the mend, with the Scottish Sun stating that he should be back in training today.
Elounoussi has only made one appearance since November. That outing came in the first half against Rangers in the Betfred Cup final on December. Originally, he picked up a foot knock after the win in Lazio, but his display against Rangers only seen him sidelined once again.
However, the Sun have stated that he’ll be back in training today, as he looks to build up his fitness ahead of a crucial month of games.
Elyounoussi is still unlikely to play for a while given how much action he’s missed. It’s going to take time for him to build up his fitness levels again. Therefore, Sunday’s game at Hamilton and Wednesday night’s trip to Fir Park both look too early for him.
The on-loan Southampton star has been a huge success in Glasgow during his time on the pitch. Overall this season, Elyounoussi has managed seven goals and six assists in 13 appearances (Transfermarkt).
Couldn’t be more timely
Even though he’s unlikely to be involved for a while, it’s great to hear that Elyounoussi is returning soon. Given events over the last 24 hours, this is a big boost for us.
Neil Lennon stated that Mikey Johnston has picked up a “bad one” with regards to his injury (Scottish Sun). That leaves us without our first-choice left-wingers for some crucial games. It could give the likes of Daniel Arzani a big opportunity to shine, but options in that position are limited.
What we should be looking to do is have Elyounoussi up and running before some of our big games in February. We have our Europa League last-32 crunch clash against Copenhagen on the agenda. We’ve also to visit Pittodrie before the month is out too.
With Lennon recently going with wing-backs as opposed to natural wingers, that could sooth the blow in the mean-time if we continue to adopt that approach. It would mean that Greg Taylor could play down the left side without a natural left-winger ahead of him.
That is, of course, unless we sign another top-class left-winger on deadline-day today. Given the need for quality back-up to James Forrest, however, any new wide man should be a right-sided one.
Regardless, hopefully it’s now a smooth path back into first-team contention for Elyounoussi. Given Johnston’s injury, we could certainly do with that.