Celtic’s Injury Issues Are A Growing Frustration, But They Should Not Be A Major Concern.

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The news that Liel Abada has gotten injured on international duty is the last thing any of us wanted to hear. We are just coming out of a serious injury crisis, affecting our defence, and now we have this.

Stories today suggest that he is going to be out for at least a month. Bad enough under normal circumstances, worse that it comes on the heels of him signing a new deal and being more ready to fight for the cause than ever before.

I know a lot of people will question Celtic in this; this happened whilst he was away, so I don’t know how we can possibly be responsible for it. The thing is though, whenever you change managers, you expect something like this. Training regimens undergo major transformations and that will lead to a certain number of players being out for a spell.

This we know from bitter experience. But it doesn’t mean that its our fault.

This is not the blow it would have been a couple of weeks ago. We’ve gone to Ibrox now with a makeshift defence and won, and that should have our heads up for the challenges in front of us. We never seem to catch a break though; we have some players on their way back from injuries and now this happens. But with every crisis is an opportunity.

This is an opportunity for Yang to stake his claim and, when he’s fit, for Tillio to show us what he can do and I think we’re all looking forward to that. Let’s not forget that we also have a fit James Forrest able to play wide right. There are plenty of options. This does not have to be treated as a major drama. It’s a bad loss, but it’s not the end of the world.

This is what we have a big squad for, and as I said in a piece after the transfer window closed, we are now blessed with seven wingers at the club, which is a big number considering we can only play two of them at any one time, and most of them are capable of switching to play on the other side of the pitch. The team is well stocked in that department.

So whilst it’s a loss, it’s not a disaster. It’s a shame though as when a guy signs a new deal and is essentially in a good place at the club you want to see what he can do.

Maybe we’re cursed. After Welsh signed his new contract he too was put out for a spell.

Hatate is on the way back. Maybe if he signs a new deal after being injured we can dodge this particular bullet. Fingers crossed and here’s hoping.

In the meantime, this is another reminder of why many of us hate international breaks.

This happens to us too often when our player go out to play for their countries. When they are used to training a certain way, at a certain intensity, and then go off to the international camp this is when it tends to happen, and yes you might think we’re over-training them … but you could just as well say that maybe some international bosses don’t push them hard enough.

Abada himself said this was done to him over-doing it.

Perhaps he didn’t think he was being taken to his limits by the national coach … that’s something we’ll have to watch out for in future.

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  • Johnno says:

    Potentially a blow for our opening CL match, but shouldn’t be too much of an issue within our SPFL campaign, I would say.
    Yet it remains unclear as to weather we were going to go with a 3/4 or 5 man defensive line.
    All options are potentially available with the inclusion of Philips, and more available if hatate becomes available.
    All this without knowing what Paulo and palma will bring to the party, and tilo not a million miles away either by the sounds of things also.
    For the CL opener, just suspect a back 5 could be in the offering, which in turn would possibly mean a change of going with a front 3?
    So not convinced abada was actually in the thinking of Rodgers for actually starting the 1st match of the CL anyway?
    A blow the abada Injury is for sure, no way can it be classed as a disaster either to our cause, inconvenient at worst.

  • Charlie Kelly says:

    If you think back to when Rodgers was here,we again went through a spell of losing a number of players with muscle injuries.Hopefully this is not going to be an ongoing problem,and yes it is a big problem when we are try to find consistently in our team without having to change formations and styles to suit incoming players

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    It’s been brutal this season and it feels like our squad are made of brittle glass, however we had a bad run two seasons ago in Ange’s first season and just about survived, last season wasn’t quite as bad tho Sevco had quite a few out for lengthy periods…

    I hope the bid squad see us through this to win the title and the Scottish Cup !

  • Martin.H says:

    Think back James, the last time Brendan was here we were dropping like flies.

  • Robert Downey says:

    I seem to remember Brendan Rodgers saying , when we signed Marian Shved , last thing we need is another winger.
    He must have changed his tune.

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