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‘Tomorrow is too soon’ – Neil Lennon gives fitness update on key Celtic player ahead of Hibs clash

Neil Lennon takes his Celtic team to Edinburgh tomorrow to face former club HIbs
Neil Lennon takes his Celtic team to Edinburgh tomorrow to face former club HIbs

Previewing the match against his former employers, Hoops boss Neil Lennon gave an update on the fitness of his players following the international break.

Lennon said: “We’ve no fresh injuries from the internationals which is great. We’re really pleased to have them back in good spirits.

“Jeremie Frimpong is fine; there’s no ligament damage, and he’s been back training for a few weeks now.

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“Kristoffer Ajer may not be fit for tomorrow but definitely this week, whether it be Sparta Prague or Ross County. He’s started training and feeling good but tomorrow’s too soon for him.”

Declaring the clash in the Capital an “important game”, Lennon added: “We’ve got a massive run of games now. It’s good to have a healthy squad, and introduce some players back.

“If we can pick up where we left off, I’ll be pleased.”

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The Odsonne Edouard Celtic state of play as Neil Lennon provides striker fitness update

Returning Odsonne Edouard could make Celtic’s flight to France today.

But Hoops boss Neil Lennon has revealed defender Christopher Jullien has been sent to Germany for specialist back treatment as he faces an extended period out.

Lennon also confessed James Forrest may be out longer than anticipated with a delay in the healing of a fractured ankle.

Striker Edouard is slowly building back up to full speed after he tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago.

He is ahead of Nir Bitton, who also tested positive in the international break, but Lennon hopes both will make the squad for Lille.

He said: “Odsonne has trained for the last few days and Nir also trained, although his sessions are a little bit modified.

“We’ll see how they are on Wednesday, but I’m hoping they will both be fit to travel.



Neil Lennon standing next to a building


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“It’s a welcome boost having Odsonne back, but I’m not expecting him to hit the ground running. The same goes for Nir.

“We’re getting a few bodies back now so the squad is starting to look stronger again.”

It’s a different tale with Jullien and Forrest.

Lennon said: “He [Jullien] is over in Germany having intensive treatment on his back, but we’re looking at a few weeks from now before he returns to training.

“James is seeing a specialist about his ankle.

“It hasn’t healed as we’d hoped and he may need more time in a protective boot or it may need something else entirely. We’ll know more in the next day or two.”

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