Ronny Deila gives positive update on Celtic summer signing Jozo Simunovic

Ronny Deila

Jozo Simunovic could return to face Malmo on Thursday, according to Ronny Deila.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that defender Jozo Simunovic has the same injury as Jason Denayer did last year - but believes he could return on Thursday.

The Bhoys claimed a vital 1-0 win away at Motherwell on Saturday afternoon, with Nadir Ciftci bagging the winning goal, which took Celtic two points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Now, Celtic will be preparing for Thursday's Europa League clash away at Norwegian side Molde, and they could have one star returning to action in that game.

Defender Jozo Simunovic signed for Celtic on deadline day from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, but he has played just once for the Bhoys so far, during the 2-2 draw away at Ajax.

The 21-year-old impressed in that game, but has been ruled out injured ever since, but Deila has told The Scottish Sun that there could be positive news on Simunovic by the end of the week, hinting at his potential involvement against Molde on Thursday.

"He has a bone bruise, the same as Jason Denayer and Mikael Lustig had last year," said Deila. "Also it is different when you do it one time. Scott Brown who has done it about 50 times each ankle! I have been through that myself and it gets quicker to heal. But Simunovic will train tomorrow and it is a possibility he could be ready for Thursday," he added.

With Efe Ambrose struggling and Dedryck Boyata and Tyler Blackett adjusting to life in Scotland, Simunovic is likely to play a key role for Celtic - especially considering that he was brought in as Virgil van Dijk following the Dutchman's move to Southampton.

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