Benkovic hopeful that ‘he won’t be out for a long time’

Filip Benkovic has spoken out for the first time since suffering a serious ankle injury in the 3-0 win over Hamilton Accies last month, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s the word?

The defender has missed Celtic’s last three matches and isn’t expected to play again until March.

Jozo Simunovic has been partnered by Dedryck Boyata or Kris Ajer in those matches with Celtic’s defensive options being stretched to the limit.

Benkovic has been Celtic’s best defender by some distance since joining on loan from Leicester, instantly making an improvement at the back and helping steer the club through to the last 32 of the Europa League.

The Scottish Sun reports the 21-year-old as saying:

“Up until the injury, everything was super. I was so happy. I have to do all the examinations, then we will know the diagnosis and recovery time.

“I enjoy being at Celtic, the coach trusts me and I have played a lot of big games. Hopefully I won’t be out for a long time.”

Celtic’s best option

A fully fit Benkovic is by far Celtic’s best central defender. He’ll be back to Leicester City in May so they have to make the most of every match before then.

February is a write-off for the Croatian but hopefully he is fit and ready by March with the third Glasgow derby clash at the end of that month.

Whoever plays alongside Benkovic seems to raise their game. Not many 21-year-olds have that impact or maturity. Hopefully his absence isn’t too costly.