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  • Chris Davies delivers injury update ahead of Hibernian match

    Chris Davies delivers injury update ahead of Hibernian match

    By: Joe Donnelly on 04 Feb, 2019 18:01

  • JAMES Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Mikael Lustig all picked up injuries during Celtic’s hard-fought 2-0 win at St Johnstone on Sunday (February 3).

    The victory saw the Hoops restore their lead at the top of the SPFL table to six points, and looking ahead to Wednesday’s game against Hibernian at Paradise, Chris Davies delivered an update on the status of the squad.

    Speaking at Lennoxtown, the Celtic assistant manager said: “KT was training on his own today, and he is building his rehab steadily. Ntcham trained, Boyata trained. Dedryck is probably closer than Olivier, because Olivier has been out for longer, but we’ll see how they react with the training. That’s their first time back training with the group.

    “Odsonne Edouard had a bad knock yesterday, and we’ll see how he feels. He’s taken a sore one, but he’ll be doubtful for Hibernian. We’ll see how Mikael Lustig is - he’s got an Achilles issue. He’ll probably be a doubt, but we’ll see how he does.”

    A hamstring concern forced James Forrest to retire from Sunday’s game prematurely - when Brendan Rodgers had already used all three of his substitutes - and Chris Davies said the 27-year-old will be reassessed following a scan. But despite the Scottish champions’ recent haul of injuries, the assistant manager is confident the squad’s strength in depth will come to the fore in the coming days and weeks.

    “James Forrest is having a scan on his hamstring,” said Chris Davies. “It’s nothing we hope is too severe, and he felt it after the goal on Sunday. He did the right thing identifying it. He could have played on and potentially made it worse, but he didn’t. He could be out for a period of time, but hopefully not too long.   

    “We can put out a team that’s going to be a good team of quality players, and we’ll be able to cope, no problem. Nir Bitton can play centre-half, we’ve got Jack Hendry, we’ve got Dedryck training today. We have to look at everything, look at our options, look at what system we want to play. We’ll have to asses it over the next 24 hours, and then decide on what team we want to play on Wednesday.  

    “It’s as stretched as it’s been. We’ve got a good team of injuries and suspensions – 4-4-2, we could fit them all in. But a few of those players are coming back in. Kieran is building up his rehab steadily, and there are a few others who are getting close.

    "It’s rare to have so many injuries, but that’s part of football and we do have a strength in depth in this squad. It’s very important to have that, and at Celtic we do have that.”

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