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Rodgers provides Celtic fitness update on 25-year-old ahead of Hamilton clash

By Dominic Toner

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Celtic midfielder James Forrest is available to make his return against Hamilton.

The 25-year-old has missed the club’s last four games after being forced off in the Champions League against Manchester City on 6 December, but Celtic have managed to win all of their matches without him.

The winger picked up a hamstring injury in the European clash and was expected to face a long spell on the sidelines.

Celtic manager Rodgers has explained that Forrest has made a speedy recovery and could play against Hamilton.

“He’s (Forrest) back quicker than we expected. Back and available for the weekend, testament to him and our medical team,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

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Celtic travel to Hamilton on Saturday for a Scottish Premiership clash and they are currently 14 points clear of second-placed Rangers at the top of the table.

The Bhoys will be pleased to welcome back midfielder Forrest, who has been in good form this season.

The right winger has made 26 appearances across all competitions, scoring six goals and supplying seven assists in return.

He will now be fighting for a place in the staring XI and faces tough competition from the likes of Scott Sinclair, Gary Mackay-Steven and Patrick Roberts.

Rodgers will be glad to have Forrest back in contention and he may look to rotate the squad as they still face three more games in December.

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