Celtic winger James Forrest is closing in on a return to first-team action after injury.

The attacker has been out of action after an ankle problem that required surgery.

However, he’s still on course for a return to first-team training Monday, with physios confident his rehabilitation is going well.

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Neil Lennon told The Scottish Sun: “We’re hoping Jamsey will start back training with the squad at the start of next week. Fingers crossed on that.

“He’s been out on the grass doing his rehab fitness work and the physios are confident he’ll be ready to join back in next week.

“We’ve missed him because he’s a quality player. He’s proved that over the years, time and again, and been so successful.

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“He had another magnificent session last year and started this season well again. But unfortunately for him he got a really bad injury. He’s had to be patient and go through all the right steps. But he’s nearly there now and he’ll be welcomed back”

 

James Forrest injury one of the big Celtic blows this season

Celtic have been without a natural option on the right wing for much of the season. Forrest only managed eight starts before his spell on the sidelines.

He hasn’t been seen since the 1-0 win over Riga back in September.

Given he scored 16 goals and created 22 assists last term [Transfermarkt], his absence has been quite the blow for Lennon and the Bhoys.

So long as there is no training reaction, Lennon will look to get Forrest back into the team as soon as possible.

Celtic James Forrest injury

Celtic winger James Forrest has been out with an ankle injury / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

The manager is one of the winger’s biggest supporters. He’ll be desperate to utilise the Scotland international’s attacking experience during this difficult spell.

Celtic need all the help they can get at the moment so I’ll also be pleased to see Forrest back on the pitch!

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