Injury expert: This is why Postecoglou may be to blame for shattering Juranovic blow
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou may be to blame for Josip Juranovic’s injury after he played the right-back in an unnatural position.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Juranovic was replaced by Adam Montgomery after just 25 minutes in the Hoops’ 1-1 draw with Dundee United on 26 September.
The 26-year-old, who is the latest addition to a lengthy injury list at Parkhead, was filling in for the injured Greg Taylor at left-back.
As quoted by the Daily Record the day after the match, Postecoglou revealed that the Croatian will be sent for a scan on a possible hamstring injury.
And Dinnery claims that Juranovic’s cameo at left-back could well have played a role in his muscle problem.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “There are different ways of thinking, different patterns of movement at left-back.
“When you’re playing on your natural side, a lot of these things come without a second thought. It’s different when you’re on the opposite side.
“He has also played a lot football. He played three games back-to-back for Croatia at the Euros.
“Celtic have also been playing a lot of games in quick succession, which will have an impact.
“He played 90 minutes against Ross County, then he played another match in the Europa, then in the league again.
“I think he did get a slight rest in the League Cup but he has still played a lot of minutes.
“He also hasn’t been in Scotland very long. So there are a few influential factors with regards to injury risk, particularly with the hamstring.”