Kieran Tierney could miss Celtic’s opening game of the Scottish Premiership season next month, as reported by The Daily Record.
Tierney had to undergo a hernia operation at the end of last season, which he is currently rehabbing from, and manager Neil Lennon has revealed he is still suffering from a pubic injury that requires time and patience to be sorted, with no current time frame on his return.
It means the left-back could miss the majority of Celtic’s qualification games for the UEFA Champions League this summer.
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As quoted by The Daily Record, Lennon said:
“KT is still having problems with the pubic injury, we will need to get to the bottom of that.
“In terms of the double hernia, that’s all sorted. But he’s still saying he’s a bit sore to start running.
“I don’t think it gets any worse but there’s just a constant dull pain there. Eventually, you can mature out of it. I have seen that. But right now, he still feels a lot of discomfort with it.
“The rest won’t do him any harm at all. He will benefit from it. We don’t want him to be out for too long but we need to get him right.”
Tierney opened up on the pain he suffers on a daily basis back in May and for it to still be continuing on is certainly a bit of a worry for Celtic. It’s becoming a chronic issue with the situation ongoing for over six months.
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Making 170 appearances for the club since breaking through as a teenager, he’s been a key part of the team that has won successive trebles in recent years, but the 22-year-old missed over 20 matches last season.
Tierney in full flow adds a lot to the team and the club are reported to value him at £25m, which could make him their most expensive outgoing player ever.
He’s a big asset and even though Boli Bolingoli has arrived to provide competent back-up, the Hoops will be hoping to get the left-back on the pitch as soon as possible.