Celtic manager Neil Lennon has provided supporters with an injury update on key duo Moritz Bauer and Christopher Jullien.
Both men came off injured in the 3-1 win over Kilmarnock today at Parkhead. Hatem Abd Elhamed and Tom Rogic both came on for the pair respectively. But there were clear worries over the duo and how bad their knocks were.
Fortunately, however, Lennon has revealed that he believes Jullien will be fine after he managed to walk off without the need for assistance.
As for Bauer, however, he was apparently taken off due to trauma after an ankle knock. Here’s what Lennon had to say to Celtic’s official Twitter account:
🗣️ NL: “Moritz’s injury was trauma. He got a bang and twisted his ankle. @Chri6ViF felt it a little bit on his hamstring but we think he’ll be fine.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 22, 2019
Both men should play no part against Partick Thistle
We all know how vital Wednesday night is going to be. Celtic take on Partick Thistle in a massively important match in our quadruple treble run. However, that doesn’t mean careless risks need to be made.
If Jullien’s injury was anything to do with his hamstring, he doesn’t need to play a part. Celtic can still move Hatem Abd Elhamed to centre-back and potentially play new-man Jeremie Frimpong down the right. However, perhaps more likely, Celtic can just go to a back three instead.
Partick Thistle will arrive at Celtic Park without a manager. As well as that, they’re leaking goals for fun and have just come off a 3-0 home loss to Dunfermline Athletic. To sum up – they shouldn’t be so much of a threat that we can’t change things around.
You have to feel, however, for Austrian Bauer. This was his big chance to impress the Celtic support, and by all accounts he did. But despite that, he’s ending it with a twisted ankle. With a bit of luck, he’s back soon and able to keep pushing Elhamed.
But with regards to Jullien, it sounds like it’s good news. Once again he’s picked up a slight knock, but once again it looks as though he’s shrugging it off like the warrior he’s proving to be.
Wednesday night will certainly be interesting in terms of the line-up. But, considering the unpredictability of Lenny, nothing is certain.