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Celtic coach Neil Lennon unsure of Ghanaian Jeremie Frimpong's injury return date

Published on: 10 February 2020
Celtic coach Neil Lennon unsure of Ghanaian Jeremie Frimpong's injury return date
Celtic's Jeremie Frimpong walks off after being shown a red card during the Betfred Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said no date has been set for the return of injured Ghanaian defender Jeremie Frimpong. 

Frimpong’s rise at Celtic Park since his arrival in the summer from Manchester City has been meteoric.

The 19-year-old was not expected to come anywhere near the Hoops’ first-team upon joining the club but within a few months, he managed to get ahead of more experienced teammates like Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer, in the Celtic right-back pecking order.

‘Exciting’ is the word that describes the Dutch teenager best. Never afraid to go forward, he is a handful for anyone he is paired up against. And the fact that he can hold his own in defense is just the cherry on the cake. If everything goes to plan, Frimpong will be mainstay in the Celtic team for the next decade or so.

Fortunes can change very quickly in football though. Frimpong got injured in Celtic’s 3-1 win away at Kilmarnock after being clattered into by Alan Power despite the game being virtually over at that point of time.

And while he was expected to resume training tomorrow, now it appears Frimpong might be on the sideline for some more time.

Neil Lennon said: “The likes of Elyounoussi and Christie, them getting 85 or 90 minutes under their belt will do them a lot of good.

“You just have to take each game as it comes and win each game as it comes as best you can. We’ve got a midweek game then another one next weekend so they’re coming thick and fast, but we’re getting a few back now.

“We’ve got Bitton and Elhamed, they’ll start training tomorrow, and then we just wait and see how long (Jeremie) Frimpong’s going to be.”

This is really unfortunate for the youngster. After doing so well to nail down a spot in the first-team, the injury means that he will have to fight for the right-back once again upon return with Elhamed and Bauer.

 

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