Celtic have received a fairly positive injury update on the status of striker Georgios Giakoumakis.
The forward didn’t feature for Greece in their last match against Kosovo as he was suspended, but even if he wasn’t suspended he wouldn’t have played as he was injured with a dead leg.
But the injury might not be that severe, according to Greece manager Gus Poyet. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, the national team boss has disclosed that the forward has a ’50/50′ chance of featuring for Greece in their final Nations League match against Northern Ireland this evening.
The striker last featured for the Hoops as a second-half substitute in the defeat to St Mirren.
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With the current injury problems that Celtic have the last thing they need is Giakoumakis out of action for long, so it is a positive update from Poyet that he could return to action this evening.
If he can get through that game unscathed, then there is no reason why the player can’t feature for the Hoops when the team returns to action this weekend against Motherwell at Celtic Park.
Giakoumakis might not start the game for the Hoops, but as ever he will be a more than useful option to have off the bench, as the Bhoys aim to get back on track after the loss to St Mirren.
Celtic have for the most part been in excellent form this season, and a big reason for that is because for most games Ange Postecoglou has been able to pick his strongest team.
When that couldn’t happen, such as against St Mirren, there was a drop off in standards, even though the Hoops had the players in the side that day to win the game. Celtic don’t need an injury crisis to derail the side at such a vital time of the season, which is why the club will be eager to have Giakoumakis back at the club and available for selection this weekend.
Judging by Poyet’s comments, the striker probably won’t start for his national team, but he could well feature off the bench, which is understandable when you consider that he is just returning from injury.
If Giakoumakis features for Greece and come through the game without any issues, then that would be a boost for the Hoops, and the player would likely be able to feature at some stage of the game against Motherwell.