Celtic Park

Last Game

Celtic 5 - 0 Inverness

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:30

Scots Prem

Forrest facing spell out

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has ruled James Forrest out for the early part of the season and insisted he will not risk the winger's long-term fitness.

Last Updated: 03/07/14 at 12:19 Post Comment

James Forrest: Facing spell out as Hoops attempt to get to bottom of long-standi

James Forrest: Facing spell out as Hoops attempt to get to bottom of long-standi

Forrest's career has been curtailed by a number of injuries, the latest a thigh problem, since breaking into the side towards the end of the 2009-2010 season.

Now Deila is prepared to sanction a lengthy period on the sidelines for the 22-year-old - including three rounds of qualifiers for the Champions League - in order to discover the source of his problems.

"James is out for some weeks," he told the assembled media ahead of Thursday's Austria tour opener against Russian side FK Krasnodar. “We will then see what happens in terms of the qualifiers and will take it week to week.

“I don’t want to rush James. He has been out for such a long time that he needs time to get his fitness up as I saw in training that he didn't have the fitness required to be consistent.

"When he is fit, then he can start playing games. He is a very explosive player. When you are in and out you can push too hard to get back and end up having to start all over again.

“It’s very important that we take our time with him and get out his potential. If it continues the way of the last year or two then that will never happen because of all the injuries.

“It’s better to keep him out for a good while now to really get him fit. From there, we can get him into games. James is an exceptional talent but you need that fitness to play game after game. The medical staff know what to do with him. It’s just about getting the time to do it.”

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

David Gill confirms he will not take up FIFA executive committee post

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his post on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sepp Blatter claims he knows how to fix FIFA after re-election

Sepp Blatter says he knows how to fix FIFA’s broken reputation after a traumatic week for football’s governing body.

Sepp Blatter will not last two years, says FA chairman Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not surprised Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president but he does not expect him to even last two years.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company