Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that the club have found it difficult to assess the ankle injury suffered by defender Mikael Lustig.
The paper claims Deila wants him back in action for pre-season ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign, but the Norwegian has confirmed he will not throw Lustig back into the side prematurely before the end of the current season.
“We won't risk Mikael coming back too quickly because he has been out for a long time. The bruising has been difficult to assess,” said Deila.
“We would like to think he might have a chance of being back before the season finished but we won't throw him in just for the sake of it.”
The 28-year-old can provide Celtic’s first team with a lot of positive attributes. He’s a very experienced player who can provide balance across the back four, who can also provide leadership qualities in a team with some young players.
It’s cliché but nursing him through to the pre-season period will have the effect of his return being like a new signing for the club and he can work hard to build up his fitness over the summer.
The defence will need improving and solidifying ahead of next season, with teams trying harder than ever to break Celtic’s dominance next season, especially if the Bhoys wrap up some treble success.
Deila is too smart to shoot himself in the foot over a player who can be vital for him over his immediate career at Parkhead.