Rodgers delivers update on Celtic 20-year-old, fans will be encouraged
By Matt Farr
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that crocked striker Moussa Dembele could feature again this season.
The 20-year-old limped off clutching his hamstring during the 2-0 victory over Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday, with the Scottish Sun reporting on Tuesday that he will be out for five weeks.
However, as quoted by Celtic’s official club Twitter account on Thursday afternoon, Rodgers hinted that Dembele’s injury may not be as serious as first feared.
????BR: There’s a chance he’s not ruled out for the season, but we’ll just need to see how he responds.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 27, 2017
He said: “He was on a bike today and moving the hamstring, it is a teat but it’s not overly serious. There’s a chance he’s not ruled out for the season, but we’ll just need to see how he responds.”
The initial diagnosis from the Sun meant that Dembele was certain to miss the Scottish Cup Final clash with Aberdeen on May 27.
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But Rodgers’ fresh claim suggests that the goalscoring sensation could still have a role to play before the curtain comes down on their successful season, and fans will be delighted.
Dembele has been in stunning form for Celtic this season, netting 32 goals from 49 appearances in all competitions, firing the Scottish giants within 90 minutes of a domestic treble.
Rodgers is not likely to, however, rush the youngster back to action, amid fears he could aggravate the injury even further.
The Scottish Cup Final will be a crucial game for Dembele to be involved in, but Celtic will also have one eye on the Champions League qualifiers, which start in July.
In the meantime, Leigh Griffiths is likely to lead the line for the club when they take on Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
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