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Deila bemoans injury-prone Celtic star after confirming yet another setback

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila has confirmed another injury setback for winger James Forrest.

Having been on the books at Celtic since the age of 12, James Forrest is one of the most recent success stories of the Celtic academy.

The 23-year-old winger has pace and great dribbling ability, but he's always had one major flaw - he's far too injury-prone.

Back, thigh and hamstring problems have diminished Forrest's impact in the last 18 months, and manager Ronny Deila revealed that Forrest has indeed suffered another setback, this time after suffering a knee injury against Dundee United.

"He got a kick against Dundee United and was hurt in his knee. As I said before, we have to take special care of him as he has been out for such a long time," said Deila.

"If you go through the last four years, I don’t think he has played four games in a row. He has now been injury free for 2 months and he got this little one but nothing serious, so it’s going well."

“He has been out 550 days in the last four years, that’s almost two years, so you need to take it slowly. If you push him too hard, he will be out again. He has been making progress. Need consistency over time to get best out of him," the Norwegian added.

It remains to be seen how long Forrest will be out for, but it's clear that Deila is frustrated by the amount of injuries being picked up by the Scottish international.

With little impact made from summer signings Mubarak Wakaso and Aleksandar Tonev, Deila could look to bring in another winger in January in light of Forrest's latest injury.

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