Hopeful post-match update on Celtic duo Josip Juranovic and Mikey Johnston

By David Walton

October 3, 2021

A promising post-Aberdeen update on Celtic duo Josip Juranovic and Mikey Johnston was provided today by Ange Postecoglou.

Juranovic has been out since injuring himself in Celtic’s 1-1 draw against Dundee United yesterday. Johnston, meanwhile, returned and played 18 minutes against Livingston several weeks ago before suffering another knock.

Celtic are starting to feel their injury crisis easing with the returns of Kyogo Furuhashi and Callum McGregor to the starting XI. But there are still big players missing including Johnston and Juranovic.

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And fortunately, it sounds as though that’s another pair the Hoops can rely on after the upcoming international break.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Postecoglou said: “Fingers crossed they all get through the international window and we have a stronger squad to then sustain a bit of a run after everyone gets back.

“It has been awfully difficult for the players because we have just been really thin. I am quite hopeful Josip will be back. It will be three weeks since the injury and he will be close. 

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“We hope Mikey Johnston isn’t too far away, I think it’s a couple of weeks training and he should be ready. He has been close a couple of times.”

Josip Juranovic and Mikey Johnston returns would indicate Celtic momentum shift

It’s clear the injury crisis that has plagued Celtic over the course of September is coming to an end. Finally, we can see some momentum available to seize upon, and it’s down to Postecoglou to snatch it with both hands.

With the likes of Chris Jullien also coming back after the international break, we’re getting there. That’s another reason today’s win over Aberdeen was so vital to the football club.

Celtic fans are now going into the break feeling good about things. Or at least a touch more positive. Knowing that some key players are on their way back will help for freshness ahead of a crucial period of the season.

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The Hoops will travel to the likes of Fir Park and Easter Road in the coming weeks. Games in which we need our strongest players available to us.

Of course, we’ll also be praying that those leaving the club come back injury-free. If that’s the case, we’ll be in a great position to tackle the likes of Hibernian, Hearts, and Rangers above us.

October couldn’t be more crucial for this football club. Hopefully, our injury woes are much tamer than they were last month.

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