Neil Lennon relieved that Celtic defender's absence won't be even longer

By John Reid

September 28, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that he is relieved that Jozo Simunovic’s injury absence will not keep him out of action of the rest of the reason.

The Hoops centre-back will miss three or four months of action after a knee operation. The Hoops boss is hoping to have the player back in his side next year.

“You are probably looking at three to four months” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

“He felt it was a necessity”

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“He felt it was a necessity and thankfully it is not a micro-fracture again, which is a serious operation where you are out for six to eight months. Obviously we have to tread carefully on his rehab – the sooner we get him back the better.”

Unfortunate timing for the player

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It is certainly unfortunate for the player that he is going to miss so many games for the Hoops. However, as Lennon says, it is a relief for the player that it is not an operation that will keep him out of action for around eight months.

The fact that Simunovic indicated that it was a ‘necessity’ to have the operation is intriguing. He must have known that it was needed to help further his career with Celtic.

The Hoops do have enough players in defence to cover for Simunovic’s injury. However, it is still a shame for the player. At the start of this season and for most of Lennon’s spell as caretaker spell as manager he was a first pick in defence.

Hopefully once he is fully fit he can once more challenge on a regular basis for a first-team place.