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Celtic: Kieran Devlin reveals return timelines for key duo

Celtic: Kieran Devlin reveals return timelines for key duo -Celtic News

Christopher Jullien and James Forrest should be back available for Celtic in the ‘next couple of weeks’, according to The Athletic’s Kieran Devlin.

The lowdown

Jullien has been out of action since last December when he ruptured his cruciate ligament against Dundee United.

Forrest, meanwhile, was sidelined for much of the 2020/21 campaign with a stress fracture in his ankle and has encountered ‘muscular issues’ this term (via The Daily Record).

Former Scotland boss Alex McLeish says the return of Jullien will be a ‘massive’ boost for Celtic, while Chris Sutton has called Forrest ‘a huge miss‘.

The latest

Devlin was asked for ‘the latest on the injury front’ in The Athletic’s matchday discussion ahead of the Motherwell game.

With Forrest and Jullien now back in training, their return should be fairly close.

Elsewhere, Josip Juranovic ‘could be back’ for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Ferencvaros, while the timeline for Greg Taylor’s comeback is ‘unknown’ after he underwent shoulder surgery.

The verdict: Great news

Jullien’s return will be particularly welcome. Celtic’s defensive vulnerabilities have been brutally exposed in their European games, and the Frenchman should elevate the whole backline.

There may be concerns about initial rustiness, but based on the performances of ex-Hoop Virgil van Dijk this season, he’ll be okay if his recovery has been properly managed.

As for Forrest, he may find it tricky to get back into the side ahead of Liel Abada, but will certainly boost Ange Postecoglou’s squad depth.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has picked out three Neil Lennon scapegoats.


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