Celtic handed major fitness boost ahead of cup final - confirmed
It has been confirmed that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is set to be fit for the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell on the 19 May.
The club’s official Twitter account has comments from Brendan Rodgers announcing that Griffiths will return to training on Wednesday and should be available for the Hoops’ last league game of the season against Aberdeen on Sunday.
However, the Hoops boss has also revealed some bad news on the injury front, as Odsonne Edouard is a doubt for the cup final after picking up an injury in the win over Hearts last Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers reveals @Leighgriff09 will return to training tomorrow and be ready for selection on Sunday. The manager has also said that @Oedouard22 will struggle to recover from his injury in time for next weekend.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 8, 2018
The Hoops take on Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on Wednesday night, and with both Griffiths and Edouard set to miss out on the game it will be interesting to see if Moussa Dembele, the club’s only fit striker at the moment, is rested.
Football Insider verdict
Mixed news for Hoops fans on the injury front with the Scottish Cup Final less than two weeks away. Naturally fans will be delighted that Griffiths has recovered from his injury problems and will be available for the climax of the season, but the loss of Edouard will be a blow, particularly as the hitman has been in such excellent form recently, and it remains to be seen if the on-loan striker has played his last game for the Hoops. The Hoops manager should take these matters into account when picking his team for the match against Kilmarnock on Wednesday, and give Dembele, the club’s only fit striker, a rest. The likes of James Forrest, Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts are more than capable of playing as the striker for only one match, and it could give a boost to Sinclair in particular, who has been struggling for the Hoops in the last few months.
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