Alan Hutton has suggested that Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic is set for a spell on the sidelines to fully recover from his injury blow after Neil Lennon’s update on his fitness.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the Australian international needs to get back to full fitness after his layoff this season, suggesting that he could suffer more problems if he tries to push himself back too early.
Rogic, who missed the opening weeks of the season with a knee injury, returned to action with two substitute outings before starting the League Cup clash against Partick Thistle, but was confirmed to be a doubt for Thursday’s clash versus Cluj.
🗣️ NL: "Mikey has trained the last couple of days but may be a doubt to be in the squad. Nir should be okay. Leigh isn’t up to speed yet either so he’ll miss out. We’re waiting to see how Tom is." #CELCLU #UEL
More from Neil Lennon shortly 💻
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 2, 2019
With an international break around the corner, Hutton says that Rogic could be best sitting out the club’s game against Livingston, as well as any other matches, until he is 100 per cent over his fitness issues.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s been a weird one. It’s been difficult for him, I think he’s a fantastic player. It’s one of those where it’s a difficult period of time for him.
“Maybe it’s going to be: ‘Right, have a rest, get yourself right completely and come back but build yourself up slowly.’ Sometimes you can be your worst enemy coming back from injuries and stuff, all you are is desperate to play and you want to play as much as possible and you end up getting a little niggle here and there.
“It’s been a difficult time for him, I think he’s a great player. It’s just about getting fully fit and getting back to match fitness as soon as he can.”
Rogic has three appearances under his belt this season, netting in the League Cup win over Partick Thistle, having had a difficult time with injuries during 2019.
He managed to play 35 times for the Hoops last campaign but picked up an injury around the turn of the year, leaving him sidelined for nearly all the second half of the season.
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