CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN is facing a race against the clock to make sure he does not miss an ENTIRE YEAR of football.
The £7million French central defender injured a knee when he collided with a goal post in the 3-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead on December 30.
There was no chance of the towering pivot returning during a wretched campaign for the Hoops where everything went wrong and Neil Lennon lost his job in February after an inexplicable 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Ross County in Dingwall two days earlier.
Ange Postecoglou has acknowledged 28-year-old Jullien is still fighting to overcome the injury that saw him stretched off just before the turn of the year.
DOWN AND OUT…Christopher Jullien is enduring an injury nightmare.
Originally, it was hoped the centre-back might return in October, but the manager admitted he does not know when to expect to see the player back in first-team action.
Postecoglou, speaking to BBC Sportsound, said: “He’s working hard, but he’s still very much on an individual programme.
“We have to be careful with these long-term injuries. We want to get Christopher back as best we can and for him to feel really comfortable.
“He’s still got a bit of rehab to do, so it’ll be a little while before we see him, but we can’t wait to get him back.”