Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has provided an update over the state of his fitness to the Daily Record.
Lustig has endured a difficult series of injuries this season and has admitted that he’s still suffering from an ankle problem.
However, he says he’s determined to be back in action by the time Celtic’s pre-season plans get underway for next year.
“It’s been tough to be away and I’m still swollen and not yet at 100 per cent, but it’s getting better and better,” he said.
“I won’t make the Sweden European Championship qualifiers next month, but I am aiming to be back when we start up for the new season.”
“As long as you feel it, you should take it easy otherwise the risk is that you may need an operation.”
With the league title wrapped up and the Scottish League Cup in the bag, manager Ronny Deila doesn’t have to take any risks with players currently carrying injury problems.
Lustig will inject some experience into the back for next year, which is going to be crucial if Deila is facing a situation where he can’t get Jason Denayer back from Manchester City and Virgil van Dijk has been sold.
Hopefully by the time pre-season comes round, the swelling that he’s still suffering from won’t be a problem and he can ease into training, improving his fitness levels and gaining some confidence from pre-season friendly games.
The temptation is always going to be there for Deila in terms of throwing him back into the team as soon as possible, but as this injury has shown his current situation is delicate and not one, which can be gambled over.