Celtic have been dealt a major injury blow regarding the return of Christopher Jullien.
In recent comments cited by 67hailhail, Ange Postecoglou revealed that the centre-back, who has not featured for Celtic since a 2-0 win over Dundee United back in December of last year due to a knee injury, will not be back in first-team action until after the next international break in mid-November.
Speaking over the weekend, the 56-year-old manager said: “I expect between now and the international break for him to continue to work hard and then post-international break hopefully it’s a little bit of a target for him to become available.”
Considering the fact that it was previously reported Jullien could be in line for a return to Celtic action after the October international break, the news that the Bhoys looks set to be without the influential defender for another month is sure to have left fans of the club gutted.
Indeed, following his £7.2m move from FC Toulouse back in 2019, the £18k-per-week man has already proven that he is an extremely important part of the Celtic side, scoring seven goals and registering two assists over his 47 appearances in all competitions during his debut season – playing a key role in the Bhoys clinching a domestic treble.
The £4.95m-rated defender continued his fantastic form over his nine Scottish Premiership fixtures prior to his injury last season, helping his side keep five clean sheets, scoring one goal and providing one assist, as well as making an average of 1.2 interceptions, 1.2 tackles, 3.6 clearances and winning 6.9 duels per game.
As such, it is clear for all to see that Jullien’s continued absence is a major blow for Postecoglou, who will undoubtedly be hoping to get the centre-back up and running before the club’s crucial Europa League tie against Bayer Leverkusen on November 25.