By Wayne Veysey

8th Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Major update on Jullien return for Celtic

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien is not expected to make his long-awaited return for at least another month, Football Insider understands.

The giant centre-back, 28, hasn’t played since sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in December of last year.

His recent inclusion in Celtic’s Europa League squad has offered hope to supporters he will make an earlier than expected return to make action.

But a Celtic source has told Football Insider that Jullien is still some way short of fitness and will be sidelined until at least October and potentially longer.

Former boss Neil Lennon had initially estimated the Frenchman would be out of action for “three or four months” before updating that a “nine-month” lay-off was likely.

The injury has proved to be more serious than initially feared although the club hope Jullien can play well within 12 months of the injury being sustained.

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Hoops manager Ange Posteocglou has made clear how important he believes Jullien is to his team’s defence and revealed “we can’t wait to get him back”.

The £7million signing from Toulouse formed a strong centre-back partnership with Kristoffer Ajer before he broke down last December.

Ajer has subsequently signed for Brentford in a deal that could eventually land Celtic £17m.

The Hoops have strengthened in central defence this summer through the permanent acquisition of Carl Starfelt and the loan signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham.

Jullien has made 61 appearances for the Hoops in total and been a dominant force in both penalty boxes.

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