Report: Celtic midfielder David Turnbull set to miss 2 months of football due to injury
Celtic midfielder David Turnbull is set to miss at least two months of football due to the hamstring injury suffered during the Scottish League Cup final against Hibernian, The Scotsman has reported this evening.
If the timescale is accurate, it means Turnbull would not be available for any of the important upcoming matches following the Scottish Premiership restart, including a derby against Rangers and the European tie against Bodo/Glimt.
Turnbull has been a key player for Ange Postecoglou this season. He’s made 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals and assisting seven more. [Transfermarkt]
Massive Turnbull blow for Celtic
Postecoglou said of Turnbull’s injury last week [The National]: “David suffered from the amount of games we are playing at the moment. We are suffering because of that. We have not been able to rotate the squad a lot and that is hurting us at the moment, picking up these injuries.”
The news of a two-month absence, at least, is certainly a bitter blow.
However, supporters will be hoping the arrival of players such as Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi will soften the blow, both of whom have been heavily linked with a switch to Glasgow.
In fact, it’s even more crucial now that Celtic get their transfers done early in January to give any incoming players as good a chance as possible of coming in to hit the ground running and replace Turnbull in the short term.
More on all of this when the manager provides an official update on the player’s situation.