Celtic have been handed a huge injury boost concerning Karamoko Dembele.
According to a report by Football Scotland, the 18-year-old winger looks set to make a return to first-team training at Lennoxtown next week, two weeks ahead of Celtic’s initial estimate of the forward’s recovery.
The report goes on to state that the England U18 international fractured his ankle in Celtic’s pre-season fixture against Bristol City this summer, and subsequently suffered a setback in his rehabilitation earlier this year which required him to have surgery – extending his spell on the sidelines.
However, with the Premiership winter break having been moved forward this season, Football Scotland report that Dembele will now be in contention for a place in Ange Postecoglou’s matchday squad when the season restarts midway through January.
Considering the sheer number of injuries Celtic’s attacking players have been picking up this season, the news that Dembele looks set to make a return to first-team training next week is sure to have left Postecoglou buzzing.
Indeed, at present, all of Kyogo Furuhashi, David Turnbull, Albian Ajeti and Jota are sidelined with hamstring injuries, while the likes of Callum McGregor, Joe Hart, Greg Taylor, Anthony Ralston and James Forrest all also missed the 3-1 win over St. Johnstone last week due to various knocks.
As such, Dembele’s ahead of schedule recovery will undoubtedly come as a huge boost to Postecoglou ahead of the Bhoys’ return to Premiership action against Hibernian on January 17.
And, considering how excited the 56-year-old manager appeared to be at the prospect of working with the highly-rated 18-year-old upon his arrival at the club, should the winger indeed be fit enough to feature against Hibs, it would not be surprising to see the youngster thrown into first-team action at Parkhead next month.