Ange Postecoglou fears Greg Taylor will need surgery on his shoulder injury, but expects James Forrest to return to Celtic selection within the next two weeks, via The Scottish Sun.

Taylor has been a near ever-present part of Postecoglou’s Parkhead tenure thus far with 11 appearances across all competitions. The defender has only sat out last month’s 1-0 defeat to Rangers, but now faces a spell on the sidelines.

The 22-year-old’s return to action against Ross County on Saturday came to an abrupt end at half-time. Postecoglou had to introduce Adam Montgomery to the game in his place as Taylor aggravated the issue with his shoulder.

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Per the Daily Record, Taylor saw a specialist to determine the severity of the Celtic star’s shoulder injury. Postecoglou was already likely to be without the £8.2k-a-week full-back against Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday. But has now confirmed a longer wait.

“Greg looks like he will probably need surgery on his shoulder,” he said. “We would expect him to be out for a medium-term sort of time frame. So, he will be out for a while.”

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But Postecoglou had better news to share with the Celtic boss adding Forrest is closing in on a return. The winger has missed the Hoops’ last three Premiership fixtures and their Europa League qualifier second-leg at AZ Alkmaar after struggling with fitness issues.

“James is not far away,” Postecoglou added. “He’s got sort of one final hurdle to get over before being available for selection. He is working awfully hard in rehab and in training, but hasn’t joined the group yet. But we are hoping he will join the group in the next 7-10 days.”

Forrest missing seven-to-10 days with his unspecified issue would see the £15k-a-week star sit out Celtic’s next three games. After Thursday’s trip to Real Betis, Postecoglou’s side visit Livingston in the Premiership and face Raith Rovers in the League Cup.

Forrest will be in a race against time to then face Dundee United on September 26, before Postecoglou’s side host Bayer Leverkusen in Celtic’s next Europa League tie on the 30th.

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