Report: Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has overcome "ugly injury"

By David Walton

September 2, 2021

New Celtic signing Cameron Carter-Vickers has recovered from a nasty ankle knock picked up only a fortnight ago, according to football.london.

Carter-Vickers’ only senior appearance of the season came against Pacos Ferreira in a Europa League qualifier in Portugal. However, he would have to be taken off late into the contest after picking up an ankle injury.

Nuno Espirito Santo came out post-match and stated that the injury was an “ugly” one for the player and Tottenham [Tottenham Hotspur]. This may have led to concerns over how long the player was going to be out for.

But football.london believe that he had already fully recovered from the knock before he even signed for Celtic.

Celtic’s next match isn’t until September 11th against Ross County. That gives the USA international nine more days to ensure he’s ready to make his debut.

Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers appears ready to go immediately

It helps Celtic that the player hasn’t been called up for international duty with the States either. Whether that was down to his injury or not is anyone’s guess.

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However, Carter-Vickers will need some time to get training with his new teammates. You could say it’s an ideal situation for us that the international break has fallen where it has done.

It allows all of our deadline day signings to get used to Lennoxtown and their teammates. Granted, plenty are away on international duty, but there are still many who aren’t.

Carter-Vickers will be needed immediately, make no mistake about that. The addition of Carl Starfelt hasn’t halted the basic defensive mistakes we’ve been making. It’ll be hopped that Carter-Vickers’ inclusion will have a more positive impact.

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As to who Ange Postecoglou sees as his first-choice centre-back pairing will be an interesting one. With Carter-Vickers only here on loan, there will be a desire to feature him regularly. Then it’s a toss-up between Starfelt and Stephen Welsh – the latter doing an incredible job of stepping up this season.

So there are big questions for Postecoglou to answer. But from a Celtic perspective, it’s just great to see the manager have options again.

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