Celtic manager Neil Lennon is doubtful that Hatem Abd Elhamed will make his long-awaited return from injury against Aberdeen on Sunday, he disclosed on a video on Celtic’s YouTube channel.
The Hoops right-back returned to full training this week, the Scottish Sun reported, as did the pair of Nir Bitton and Jeremie Frimpong, who have been absent for less time than Elhamed.
However, Lennon thinks that the trip to Pittodrie might come too soon for the player who joined Celtic in the summer from Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
“I’m not sure”
“I’m not sure about Elhamed, he’s been out a lot more long-term” Lennon said, as quoted by Celtic’s YouTube channel when asked if any of the trio of Bitton, Frimpong or Elhamed would feature against Aberdeen.
Lennon’s caution about the player is understandable. After all, he has not featured for the Hoops since November.
However, it would be a real bonus for the team, and the player if he returned to the side for the Europa League game against Copenhagen on Thursday.
Regular in Europe before injury struck
After all, Elhamed had featured regularly for the team in Europe this season, before his injury problems began.
Of his 13 appearances for Celtic this season, six have been in Europe. Judging by Lennon’s remarks though, a seventh appearance against Copenhagen does not seem likely to happen.
Still, if missing out against Aberdeen and Copenhagen means that Elhamed will be available for the last few months of the season then so be it.