Report: Celtic defender could make superb early return from injury; already running again

By John McGinley

May 10, 2021

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien could make a return from injury earlier than anticipated, The Scottish Sun reports.

The paper say he could return to action in August, a month ahead of previous best-case scenarios after sustaining a knee injury against Dundee United in December.

Former boss Neil Lennon had previously said in February he could be out for nine months. [The Herald]

Jullien had to undergo surgery after colliding with the woodwork at Celtic Park and is currently going through extensive rehabilitation in France.

The Scottish Sun report he has already returned to running on the training pitches at the French Federation headquarters in Clairefontaine.

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Having Jullien back fit and ready to go as soon as possible is key for the incoming Celtic manager and our ambitions next term.

He was a literal giant during our 2019/20 title win. His injury problems this season were a real blow to Neil Lennon, with back problems keeping him out of action plenty prior to his horror knee injury.

Some have bemoaned this injury record but ultimately it’s not his fault and we are a better team with him in it.

He’s certainly a more experienced and viable option than Stephen Welsh. No harm to the youngster, but we need the leadership of Jullien in the Celtic side.

With Kristoffer Ajer potentially leaving this summer that’s even more true.

The sooner we get the big Frenchman up to speed the better for all concerned. Fingers crossed he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

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