He only stopped by for a cup of a coffee in the end but former bhoy Charly Musonda is just weeks away from being available for selection a year after he was told his football career was likely over.
The Belgian hasn’t played back to back games in four years and his early promise frittered away before an injury threatened to derail his whole career.
Putting in the hard work in rehab, the midfielder is now looking to make an impact on football and will try and make the breakthrough at his current club, Chelsea.
Speaking in October, Musonda was determined he would get to the point he’s currently at.
“It’s been four years since I played back to back professional games, three years since I last played for my club, two of those last four years, I’ve been injured with the post cruciate ligament of my knee.” Musonda told GiveMeSport.
“Nothing but heartbreak and heartache. Doctors told me going through surgery after being out for so long would be the end, an impossible mountain to climb, were the exact words.
“I miss football so much, to say the least, and I’m doing everything I can to play once again, to all the kids out there who have a dream and are injured or are going through monumental setbacks, never give up!
“I’ll keep climbing the insurmountable mountain everyday to run with the football once again, because there’s no better feeling than taking someone on and feeling alive.
“Until that day comes I’ll keep training and believing in the impossible comeback, because the greatest comebacks always seem like there is no way back, and that’s when we’ve got to dig deep and live to tell the story and not die in it.
“#ThisIsMyStory and how I keep training and staying ready, despite the odds, that one day I’ll be back.”
Musonda was signed on an 18-month loan under Brendan Rodgers but only stayed at the club for five. The Irishman didn’t use him and Charly thought he was best served cutting the deal short to try somewhere else.
His biggest Celtic contribution was against Zenit when his assist put Callum McGregor through on goal to win the first leg of the last 32 Europa league tie.
We wish Charly the best of luck for the future and we’re delighted to see him on the mend.