If concerns are realised and Liel Abada’s injury, sustained on international duty with Israel, results in him missing five months of the season, it will be a huge blow to Celtic, as well as the player. Liel was an instant hit when he arrived in Glasgow two years ago as a 19-year-old. His goals and assists since were a big part of Ange Postecoglou’s success story.
Although a winger, it is inside the box where his talents are exceptional. He finds space and can finish at elite level. We can only hope for better news.
Sport science is about getting players fitter, stronger and avoiding injuries. Our athletes are charged with achieving progress on the fitter and stronger categories, while hopefully not becoming more prone to injury. There are no hard or clear rules on how to achieve this. Without intensive training, footballers will not get near the Celtic first team, but with Carter-Vickers, Nawrocki, Welsh, Hatate and Abada all picking up injuries since the start of the season (and others preseason), we need an urgent revision loop.