Celtic have been dealt yet another huge injury setback concerning David Turnbull.
According to a report by The Scotsman, the midfielder is facing at least two months on the sidelines as a result of the hamstring injury he picked up in the 2-1 League Cup final victory over Hibernian earlier this month.
The report added that this will see the 22-year-old miss the top-of-the-table Old Firm clash on February 2, as well as the Europa Conference League tie against Bodo/Glimt later that month.
While Ange Postecoglou’s recent claim that Turnbull’s injury came as a result of the sheer volume of fixtures Celtic have been playing in recent months may not be overly wide of the mark, there is also an argument to be made that the 56-year-old could well have played an equally significant part in the midfielder’s injury.
Indeed, attacking trio Albian Ajeti, Jota and Kyogo Furuhashi are also currently suffering from varying levels of hamstring strains, which would appear to suggest that it is the rigours of Postecoglou’s training, on top of the Bhoys’ hectic fixture schedule, that’s causing so many players to pull up in matches.
This is an idea with which Alan Hutton is quite clearly in agreement, with the former Scotland international stating in a recent interview with Football Insider: “The manager will have to be looking at the type of injuries these Celtic players are getting.
“Jota is out – hamstring. Turnbull is out – hamstring. Kyogo had a hamstring problem and just about made it back for the final at the weekend. We know the way Postecoglou plays – aggressive, front-foot pressing – and that will carry over to the training ground.
“It’s like [Marcelo] Bielsa with Leeds. If these players are playing a lot of minutes and giving their all out there on the pitch, sometimes you have to scale back the training. Whether he’s already doing that, I’m not sure. But he has to be careful with these recurring muscle problems.”
As such, while Postecoglou is obviously not intentionally causing the injuries to his players, the manager simply must do all he can to prevent his squad picking up any more hamstring injuries, whether by scaling back the intensity of his training or otherwise.
However, with Turnbull now set for a considerable spell on the sidelines, it is too late for amendments at Lennoxtown to have any impact on the midfielder’s condition, something which is sure to have left many of the Parkhead faithful fuming with their club’s manager.