Celtic given massive boost ahead of CL showdown against PSG
By Harry Sykes
Moussa Dembele is in contention to make his Celtic comeback for their Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
The centre-forward, 21, has missed the majority of the opening two months of the season after suffering a serious hamstring injury in July.
But manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club’s premier goalscorer is now back training after undergoing a rehabilitation programme at the French Football Federation’s base in Clairefontaine.
Celtic’s Scottish Premiership clash against Hamilton on Friday night is likely to come too soon for Dembele but he is in the running to feature against PSG at Parkhead next week.
Ahead of the Premiership clash with Hamilton on Friday night, Brendan Rodgers revealed Odsonne Edouard , on a season-long loan from PSG, could spearhead the attack as a replacement for the injured Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths.
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The Northern Irishman spoke positively about his other French striker Dembele, who has only played in the two Champions League qualifiers against Linfield this season.
“He went to Clairefontaine in France for three weeks and did some great work with the medical team there, like he did here before he left,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He is now back and we will assess him to see where he is at. The most important thing is that we can’t risk it.”
The PSG match is one of six in the group stages of the Champions League for Celtic, who also face home and home away clashes against Bayern Munich and Anderlecht.
France Under-21 striker Dembele will be especially keen to play against mega-rich PSG, who he quit as a 16-year-old to join Fulham.
The Frenchman will be eager to recapture the outstanding form of his debut season in which he scored 32 goals from 49 matches in all competitions.