Steve Clarke reveals injury knock as midfielder returns to Celtic

By Lewis Laird

September 22, 2022

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull will return to Lennoxtown after failing to recover from an ankle knock suffered during the Hoops’ loss to St Mirren, Steve Clarke has revealed.

After going three games without a start, the 23-year-old returned to Ange Postecoglou‘s starting line-up for the Bhoys’ trip to Paisley.

Of course, the afternoon ended in disappointment for Celtic, losing out 2-0 to Stephen Robinson’s side, bringing an end to the 38-game league unbeaten run.

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Turnbull played just under an hour of the match-up, being replaced by striker Giorgos Giakoumakis as Postecoglou went in search of two goals to get back into the game.

Bringing on another striker for goal-scoring threat may not have been the only reason Turnbull was replaced on Sunday, though.

As revealed by Scotland boss Steve Clarke, the former Motherwell man suffered an ankle injury which he was expected to recover from within a matter of days.

After being selected as part of Clarke’s squad for fixtures against Ukraine and Ireland, Turnbull joined club teammates Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston.

However, during Wednesday evening’s 3-0 victory over Ukraine at Hampden Park, the Celtic midfielder was nowhere to be seen in the matchday squad.

Speaking to Premier Sports after the match, Clarke opened up on the reasoning behind Turnbull’s absence, revealing that he would be pulling out of the squad following his failure to recover from his ankle knock sustained on Sunday.

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He said [Premier Sports]:  “David Turnbull will pull out the squad. He picked up an ankle knock at the weekend that we thought would clear up.

“It’s not going to clear up in time for us. He’s better to back to his club to get ready for their next game.

“Two players light, I’ll probably need to call up at least one, maybe two players.”

Blow for Turnbull, but from a Celtic perspective first indication sounds positive

Whilst members of Ange Postecoglou’s squad are out on international duty, you never want to hear of players having to pull out of action due to injury.

However, in Turnbull’s case, going off of Steve Clarke’s comments, thankfully, it doesn’t sound as though the midfielder has sustained any serious damage.

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Under Clarke, Turnbull has played more of a bit-part role for Scotland. So, it is maybe for the best that he returns to Lennoxtown in order to recover for the Hoops getting back to domestic action next month.

For a clearer understanding of the prognoses of Turnbull’s injury, we will have to wait for further updates to arrive from the club or Ange Postecoglou over the next week.

But, you would imagine the midfielder is hopeful of making his against his former side at Parkhead on the 1st of October, ahead of a busy fixture schedule.

Fingers crossed!

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