Due to Celtic’s injury crisis this season, Brendan Rodgers has had to cope with the absence of some of the most important players for the team.
The Celtic boss has forced to make last-minute additions to strengthen his defense and make changes to his midfield because the team has been without players like Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate.
At this point, it appears as though the list of injuries is getting shorter, and Rodgers is eager for one Celtic player to return.
“Liel [Abada] looked really good on the field when he trained with the group (on Christmas Day),” according to Rodgers [The Courier print edition, page 52].
“We kept him at home to do another session to build him up.
“His goals and running have been missed.” We’ll have him at our disposal for the second half of the season.
The return of Liel Abada is a welcome boost for Celtic
The return of Abada from injury not only helps increase Celtic’s attacking threat, but it will also be a major boost to Kyogo Furuhashi.
Abada was crucial to Celtic’s treble-winning campaign the previous year. His movement off the wing, which helped draw defenders to the area where Kyogo could break through the opposition’s low block, was just as significant as his assists.
Abada made nine assists and scored thirteen goals last season, despite spending the most of his games on the bench. He particularly contributed to Celtic’s victories over Rangers and in the Scottish Cup Final. [Transfermarkt]
After signing a new agreement in the summer, Abada was looking particularly sharp throughout pre-season before a terrible injury hit during the September international break.
The 21-year-old winger is back in training, and Celtic supporters will be eager to see him this weekend as Rodgers attempts to win another game against Rangers in his chase for the championship.