Rodgers hopeful of Tierney fitness boost
Brendan Rodgers says he remains hopeful Kieran Tierney can avoid hip surgery as the defender battles to overcome the injury.
The left-back has not featured for the reigning Scottish champions since their Europa League encounter with Red Bull Salzburg at the start of December although he was included on the bench for the defeat to Rangers in the Bhoys' last game.
Despite being amongst the substitutes that day at Ibrox, the 21-year-old hasn't been able to take part in training with the rest of the squad this week during Celtic's warm-weather camp in Dubai this week.
The Hoops' rehabilitation team are monitoring Tierney's fitness closely and Rodgers says they are hopeful there will be no need to go under the knife to correct the issue.
Asked if the defender might need surgery, Rodgers told the Scotsman: “I’m not sure. His injury record is very good' obviously apart from when he’s had breaks and stuff.
"I just don’t think there’s a need to really push him through it and inject it and put him in pain every time. He just needs to take a wee breather. He’s in good hands with the medical team and we’ll see how he is next week.”
There was better news on the fitness of Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham, with the latter having limped out of training on Tuesday with a hamstring issue.
Rodgers says Ntcham will undergo a scan although the club aren't worried about him missing any game time. Edouard is set to start training with the rest of the squad later this week.
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