Celtic ace delivers worrying fitness update ahead of cup final clash v Aberdeen
By Danny Wright
Moussa Dembele has admitted that he is worried about his chances of playing in Celtic’s Scottish Cup final clash with Aberdeen later this month.
The 20-year-old ace has been out of action since last month with a thigh injury and has been sat on the sidelines for the last three fixtures.
He isn’t expected to return to league action with the Scottish Premiership reaching its conclusion on Sunday but has always been hopeful of a return against Aberdeen.
Brendan Rodgers has already confirmed that Dembele has not yet returned to training and, although the former Fulham striker would love to help Celtic win the domestic treble, he admits that it is simply out of his hands.
“Do I want to play in the cup final? Yes, but it is not up to me,” said Dembele, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“It is up to the injury. I have to take my time and don’t rush back. If I make it then I will be happy.”
Dembele, like his manager Rodgers, has enjoyed a brilliant debut campaign in Scottish football, scoring a multitude of goals in the process.
The four-times France Under-21 international has found the net 32 times for the Bhoys in 49 appearances across all competitions despite suffering an injury-hit second half of the season.
Since the winter break, Dembele has missed seven matches despite appearing in every fixture before it.
However he has still managed to score 12 goals in the 12 games he has taken part in across all competitions, which included hat-tricks against both St. Johnstone and Inverness.
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