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Celtic: James McCarthy ‘available’ to face Bayer Leverkusen

Celtic: James McCarthy ‘available’ to face Bayer Leverkusen -Celtic

Celtic midfielder James McCarthy is ‘available’ for selection for Ange Postecoglou against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday evening, Alison Conroy reports.

The Lowdown: McCarthy’s knock

The Irishman has worked his way into Postecoglou’s plans and has started the last three games in all competitions.

However, McCarthy, who was described as ‘quite incredible’ by his then-Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson last year, was forced off with a knock on Sunday in the 1-1 draw against Dundee United.

The 30-year-old seems to have recovered, though, providing Postecoglou with an injury boost ahead of the Europa League Group G clash tonight.

The Latest: Conroy’s tweet

Reliable reporter Conroy took to Twitter on Wednesday to share comments from Postecoglou on injuries.

The Hoops manager admitted that right-back Josip Juranovic is set to be sidelined for a few weeks and provided updates on Kyogo Furuhashi and Callum McGregor.

Conroy’s post ended with four words on McCarthy, who is ready to go against the Bundesliga side:

“Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou says Josip Juranovic will be out for “a couple of weeks” with a hamstring injury. McGregor & Kyogo trained today but won’t be available for tomorrow’s game v Leverkusen. James McCarthy is available.”

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The Verdict: Good news

Captain McGregor has missed the last four Celtic games and it seems as if he won’t be ready from the off again, so having McCarthy available in midfield is good news.

He has plenty of experience at the top level with 42 caps for the Republic of Ireland and 272 Premier League appearances, and although he has reportedly struggled in training, he appears to be growing on Postecoglou, who has trusted him with a start in Celtic’s last three matches.

Hopefully McCarthy will impress at Parkhead, which could then give Postecoglou another selection headache when McGregor is 100%, but this time a positive one for the manager.

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