Injury expert makes behind-the-scenes Celtic claim as Jullien return date revealed
Long-term Celtic absentee Christopher Jullien’s rehab process will involve training his mind as much as his body.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Speaking to Celtic TV on 22 September, Ange Postecoglou revealed he expects Jullien to return to training after the international break.
The right-back has not featured since rupturing his cruciate ligament against Dundee United last December.
And, after 10 months out of action, Dinnery claims that the emphasis will be on both Jullien’s psychological and physiological rehabilitation.
“He will be reintroduced to that competitive environment slowly,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“A lot of his rehab will have been gym-based, on an individual basis. He needs to get used to playing with the ball and tackling again.
“He also needs to get used to specific patterns of movement within the game again. The player is training his body and his mind.
“You need to make sure you’re creating this robust version of yourself that can tolerate the demands of the game.
“You don’t want to be thrown back into a game-day situation only for your body to break down again.
“So there will be gradual integration. The end goal of that is to be able to get involved in full-contact training once again.
“That will allow him to seamlessly transition back into the first team when he’s ready.”