Celtic to assess Moussa Dembele before PSG showdown

Moussa Dembele will be assessed ahead of Celtic’s opening Champions League game against Paris St Germain next Tuesday.

The 21-year-old striker has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in July, but he has now returned to training after undergoing a rehabilitation programme at the French Football Federation’s base in Clairefontaine.

Ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hamilton on Friday night, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers revealed that 19-year-old striker Odsonne Edouard, on a season-long loan from PSG, could make his debut as a replacement for the injured Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths.

The Northern Irishman spoke positively about his other French striker Dembele, who has only played in the two Champions League qualifiers against Linfield this season.

He said: “He went to Clairefontaine in France for three weeks and did some great work with the medical team there, like he did here before he left. He is now back and we will assess him to see where he is at.

“The most important thing is that we can’t risk it. Of course everyone would love to be involved in the Paris game but if not then he is not going to be too far away from that and then he is still going to have an impact for the remainder of the Champions League campaign, which is great news.

“But we have to be sure that he is right if he has any involvement in the game on Tuesday.”

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