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Celtic star Mikael Lustig offers injury update ahead of new season

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The Swede has revealed that he is finally making progress in his return from an ankle injury.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has offered fans some positive news on his injury struggles, having missed the last three months of the season with an ankle problem, in an interview with the player on the club's website.

That injury was only the latest in what was a hugely disappointing season for the 28-year-old, as he made just 16 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys, with hamstring, hip and ankle problems having plagued the former Rosenborg man in recent times.

And speaking to the Celtic site, it's no wonder that the Swede is delighted to be progressing onto running and passing exercises as he makes his comeback.

"Every time I get injured I always promise myself to not do it again but this could happen to anyone," Lustig reasoned.

“Now the last couple of weeks I feel like I’m finally progressing. I’ve been outside running and been involved in some passing exercises so hopefully I can be ready for the pre-season.

“It’s really refreshing to get back outside and train. It’s really hard to just be in the gym just doing the bike for three months – that’s not much fun and it takes a certain mental strength.”

The chance for Lustig to build up his fitness over the summer without any matches until August could end up being a bonus for the player, who is still yet to reach 50 league appearances despite signing for Celtic at the start of 2012. There is no denying that his consistent presence in the first team would be a huge bonus for Ronny Deila next season.

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