That 2-0 loss to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig – which subsequently ended the Hoops’ hopes of progression – saw Abada forced off just before the break with an injury issue, while teammate Jota missed the match entirely having been absent from training on Monday.
The title-winning coach has offered positive news regarding the pair, however, suggesting that those complaints are not likely to prove too disruptive, with both men still in with a chance of featuring against Hibernian at the weekend.
Speaking after Tuesday’s frustrating loss, as per the Scotsman, the 57-year-old stated: “Jota is still a bit sore today. He needs a bit of investigation. It’s nothing serious. It may still keep him out of the weekend but we will see how it goes.”
Before adding regarding the Israel international: “I think it’s nothing too serious. A dead leg, muscle injury. We have an extra day to recover before Saturday so he may still be involved.”
Following the disappointment of that defeat to Marco Rose’s side, it will seemingly be a major lift to Celtic that the attacking duo are not set to face an extended period on the sidelines, with the Old Firm outfit having already been hampered by the loss of captain Callum McGregor and defender Carl Starfelt.
The return of Jota, in particular, would be a timely boost for the Scottish champions with the club having no doubt missed the Portuguese starlet’s creative flair and clinical nature in attack, as the hosts spurned a number of chances against their German opponents.
The 23-year-old had got himself on the scoresheet away in Saxony a week ago, with his total tally for the season now standing at ten goal contributions in all competitions, with that the best record of any player in the Bhoys squad.
The former Benfica man – who was snapped up on a permanent deal this summer – has emerged as a leading presence at Celtic Park over the past year or so, with pundit Frank McAvennie dubbing him “the best” player in Scotland when on form, as he “causes so many problems” for the opposition.
Abada too has shown his worth since his arrival a year ago, with the 21-year-old having scored six goals in just nine Scottish Premiership games already this season, after previously scoring 15 goals and registering 11 assists across all fronts last term.
Being able to welcome back the “wonderful” talent – as dubbed by McAvennie – as well as his fleet-footed teammate will be a notable boost for Postecoglou and co, with the club having little time to dwell on this fresh disappointment amid what is a hectic run of fixtures.