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Tierney's return would offer Rodgers major boost for Europa League Valencia test

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is desperate to be included in Brendan Rodgers’ side to face La Liga outfit Valencia on Thursday night, according to the Scottish Sun.

They report that Tierney has been gradually stepping up his recovery from the injury that has kept him out for two months and wants to take to the field in the Europa League last 32 first leg clash at Parkhead.

The report also states that Brendan Rodgers is growing increasingly short of options at left-back in the wake of Emilio Izaguirre’s injury, which only serves to add to the size of the boost Tierney’s return would offer.

Tierney has not played since December 13 but Rodgers will give him every chance of proving his fitness, offering him until Wednesday at the earliest – it may prove to be longer – to be passed fit.

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Celtic have been mightily impressive to stave off various injury concerns and resume their title defence in 2019 with renewed vigour but against Valencia, they will need as many of their top men as possible fit and firing.

Tierney certainly falls into that category and if he can play and get through the 90 minutes, it would go a long way to helping Celtic get a first-leg advantage to take to the Mestalla Stadium.

The flip-side is that Tierney flared up upon his last return, and Rodgers will not want to rush him back and risk another period of months out on the sidelines for one of his most important players.

 

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