By Matt Bullin
Celtic ace Moussa Dembele has stepped up his training as he races against time to be fit for the Scottish Cup final versus Aberdeen later this month.
The Frenchman has enjoyed a stunning first season at Parkhead, but he has not appeared since he limped off in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.
The 20-year-old has bagged 32 goals in 49 league and cup appearances for the Hoops this term, as well as providing nine assists.
He has been a key man in Brendan Rodgers’ Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup winning sides, but he is a major doubt for the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen.
However Hoops assistant Chris Davies has revealed that the striker has returned to light training ahead of the final and he will be given every chance of a return.
Speaking to celticfc.net, he said: “He’s in light training and hopefully next week he can take some part in full training.
“It’s a progressive rehab he is going through. He is starting light training on the grass and next week will make things a bit clearer.
“From my understanding, it will be too early to say. He is a very conscientious guy and he will give himself every chance of being available in some capacity for the final.”
Since signing from Fulham last summer, Dembele has gone onto become a key player for Rodgers’ side, and he and fans alike will hope he is fit for the final – even if it’s just a cameo performance.
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