Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that the club will make a decision on Cameron Carter-Vickers’ fitness before flying out to face RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening.
The American international picked up a muscular injury before the 2-0 defeat to St Mirren and he was not available for the 2-1 win against Motherwell on Saturday either but, when asked about when the defender could return, Postecoglou provided a positive update:
“We will see. He got some treatment again and we will see how he is Monday and Tuesday and make a decision. He is not far away, but we have another 12 games in 40-odd days, so I am not going to put him in unless he is absolutely right because it would be silly of us to put him in and then lose him for another few games, particularly with Carl out for at least another couple of weeks. Cam’s pretty good, if he is ready he will play and put his hand up, I don’t need to question that. But we have got to make sure we make the right decision. We will give him every chance.”
As Postecoglou mentions, it is important to ensure that Carter-Vickers isn’t rushed back into action. A recurrence of the injury could sideline one of the Hoops’ most important players during a very packed period of the season.
Even if he only misses a few extra weeks, Celtic may have to do without him for eight or nine fixtures over the next month. For that reason, you would have to think the medical team will err on the side of caution, even though it could mean he sits out the Leipzig game.