Here is some positive Celtic news.
Despite picking up injuries with their respective countries, Celtic players David Turnbull and Daizen Maeda have been observed in first-team training at Lennoxtown!
Both players were called up to their national teams in the last two weeks, joining the Scotland and Japan squads, respectively.
Following a solid start to the season for both players, there was a good probability that they would be involved in their countries’ competitive and friendly fixtures.
That was certainly the case for Maeda, who started Japan’s 2-0 victory over the United States and was lauded for his pushing skills in the first half.
However, after halftime, the Celtic forward was forced off due to injury, and the Japanese FA announced that he had pulled up with a knock.
Maeda did not play for Japan in their second friendly encounter due to an injury, instead sitting out and watching from the seats.
While the winger played in at least one encounter for his country, David Turnbull was forced to withdraw owing to a knock suffered in the Hoops’ Scottish Premiership match against St Mirren.
Celtic fans have been waiting for word on how long both players will be out and whether they will be able to return in time for the match against Motherwell on Saturday.
That question was answered as the Celtic two were caught in training with their teammates on the club’s ‘Lennoxtown Unfiltered’ series, which gives fans an inside look at life on the training pitch.
As we indicated earlier today, it is expected that Postecoglou will answer all of the injury questions when he speaks to the media on Friday.
In the case of Maeda and Turnbull, this almost guarantees that they will be fit for Saturday’s match against Motherwell, which will be a boast for the Celtic manager.
However, the fitness of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Sead Haksabanovic, and Giorgos Giakoumakis remains in doubt.
Liel Abada, thankfully, can be spotted training at Lennoxtown after a long international hiatus with both his country’s main squad and under-21s.
Hopefully, we’ll get more information on the other injured members of the first team.
However, you would bet on Ange Postecoglou keeping details to a minimum, leaving us and his opponents guessing as to when they could return.