Odsonne Edouard will be buzzing to have James Forrest back in training at Celtic this week, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted while the Hoops would have to be patient with the 29-year-old, his return is still a “huge boost” for everyone at Parkhead.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Neil Lennon confirmed the Scotland international is set to return to training at Lennoxtown over the coming days after recovering from ankle surgery.
Forrest, who started five of the Hoops’ opening seven league games this season, has not featured since mid-September and has been forced to watch his teammates flounder both domestically and in Europe.
Whelan has suggested while the whole team will be delighted to see the winger back in training, no one will be happier than Edouard.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Fantastic a player of his ability, quality and someone who’s very important to this Celtic outfit is nearing his comeback after injury.
“They’ll be pleasing news for the fans, fantastic news to Neil Lennon but you’ve got to have patience. When a player has been out for, trying to get back into the rhythm of the game trying to get that match fitness is going to take a bit of time, it’s not going to happen overnight.
“Having him back is a huge plus, a huge boost, Edouard I’m sure will thrive off that quality as well coming back into the side, as well everyone else around him – it’s like a new signing.
“You’ve got to be patient, players like that that have been out for such a long time, that quality that you’ve shown throughout a season where you’ve had no injury, it’s going to take a bit of time to get back into it again and that match fitness and the sharpness.
“Patience is the word I think for Celtic with James Forrest.”