Scottish club Celtic have confirmed forward Leigh Griffiths will return to the side this week to start performance and fitness work at Lennoxtown immediately.
The striker, who has not played for the side since early December, returns to the team after taking about a four-month break from the game due to non-football related.
The Scottish champions released a statement to that regards on Wednesday, that Leigh will be back at Lennoxtown working, alongside the team’s medical staff, with a major view to returning to full training with the senior squad in the nearest future.
The striker himself thanked the Scottish club and fans of the club for their immense support during his period away from the Sport.
Griffiths in his words stated his gratitude to the football club for all they have given him and their strong support all through his break from football.
He further showed gratitude to fans of the club, who he claimed has been a massive source of strength and inspiration for him. The striker also thanked them for sincerely staying with him.
He confirmed it will be a long route back to full fitness for him, but he assured the club faithful that he is ready to do all that is required to get to full fitness as soon as possible.
Celtic head coach Neil Lennon is very reluctant to place a specific timescale on a potential return to first-team for the forward.
Lennon confirms that the entire football club is pleased that the striker will be looking forward to getting things going once again at the side.
The head coach stressed the importance of watching the strikers progress in training, and the need to avoid rushing him back to first-team duty, as he believes the striker needs to take things gradually and at his own comfortable pace.
The tactician promised that the club will continue to do what they have been doing throughout the past period, which is to lend Leigh every required support to ensure that his well-being and health are the club’s primary priority.
Lennon said the club will work with the striker make sure he has everything he requires to give him the opportunity to return to where he used to be, but understanding that he will require more space and time.
It will obviously be fantastic for fans of the club to see him back, even at this early stage, and all the striker requires from the henceforth is their total support.