Forster boost for Celtic

  • Last Updated: February 8 2013, 12:41 GMT

Neil Lennon welcomes back keeper Fraser Forster for Saturday's league trip to Inverness but the Celtic boss still harbours doubts over several other players ahead of next Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Juventus at Parkhead.

Forster: Recovered from neck injury

Forster has recovered from a neck injury but winger James Forrest (hamstring), forward Georgios Samaras (hamstring) and left-back Emilio Izaguirre (knee) are question marks.

Also, defender Efe Ambrose is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria, who face Burkina Faso in the final on Sunday.

"Fraser is fit, he will start tomorrow," said Lennon on Friday.

"We have no fresh injury worries from the international games but James has had two scans this week, the first one was all clear so we are waiting on the results of the second one.

"Whether he is in the squad this weekend or not we don't know yet but we are hoping if we get the all clear he will be in the squad for Tuesday night."

Samaras and Izaguirre will be missing against Inverness, though, and it remains to be seen if they will be able to face the visiting Italians next week.

"We are going to leave it as late as possible with Georgios and Emilio," Lennon added.

"It is 50-50 at the minute (for Juve game). Emilio has probably got a better chance than Samaras although they have worked very hard this week and we have been very aggressive with their rehabilitation.

"The signs are promising but no guarantees just yet."

Regarding Ambrose, Lennon added: "We will see how Efe is when he comes back. I don't know what his travel arrangements are just yet. We want him back as soon as possible, obviously.

"He has not been around us for a month so it might be a gamble putting him in."


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