The big Celtic defender won’t play again until 2020 it seems.
Neil Lennon has revealed that Jozo Simunovic is unlikely to play for Celtic again this calendar year.
The big centre-back underwent surgery on a knee problem last week.
And the Celtic manager revealed on Friday that the 25-year-old is likely to be out for the next four months.
Simunovic was one of the Hoops’ best players when Lennon took the reins from Brendan Rodgers in February, helping the Scottish giants to a third successive domestic treble alongside Kristoffer Ajer in defence.
By the same token, it isn’t the Croat’s first injury and some Celtic fans on Twitter believe that Lennon should get rid.
Here’s how supporters reacted to his injury:
Jozo isn’t at the same level of our first choice centre backs, far too unreliable with injuries, punt— Paddy (@RogicEsque) September 27, 2019
Dreadful news about Big Jozo. Whilst we have cover and whilst we all feel sorry for the big chap, this automatically re-opens the debate about his long term utility to the club. Should we now be looking for a January replacement? https://t.co/oYpOZoxtyH— TheCelticBlogingoli (@CelticBlog2018) September 27, 2019
Its the norm for him. The guy is a waste of space.— Jamiebhoy (@jambomac6) September 27, 2019
Get him fit. Get him sold.— Colm (@ColmAtown) September 27, 2019
Bring back Benkovic. He’s not getting a game for Leicester.— McAleerD (@Lanky_Celt) September 27, 2019
Time for Celtic to get Jozo shipped out when he gets fit. Always injured. Should have taken the money for him previously— Tommy Rooney (@celt65) September 27, 2019
Time to move him on.. made of glass— James McGuinness (@buffalo_bill_80) September 27, 2019
Is this fair? Not really, no.
Yes, Simunovic might have a bit of an injury history, but he’s also a brilliant defender and there’s no telling how good he could’ve been with one full season under the Northern Irish manager.
Lennon was clearly getting quite a lot out of him after Rodgers left the club and the player himself – who has mentioned Lennon’s influence in recent months – will be gutted with this setback.
Selling in January is a bit hasty. At his age, Simunovic could be worth a fortune to the Bhoys somewhere down the line – if he can maintain his fitness.