Brendan Rodgers has provided information on Reo Hatate, who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury. Unlike Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada, who are expected to return later in December, Hatate is not anticipated to be back in action until after the winter break.

Hatate has been sidelined since October due to a hamstring issue, an injury known for its complexity and the difficulty in predicting a precise timeline for recovery. The management of such injuries requires careful assessment and a tailored rehabilitation program to ensure a safe and effective return to play.

Rodgers told CeltsAreHere, “We allowed Reo to go back to Japan and get some work done there.” This decision reflects the club’s approach to player welfare, recognising the benefits of familiar environments and specialized care in the recovery process.

22nd October 2023; Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premiership Football, Hearts versus Celtic; Reo Hatate of Celtic

“He’s worked very hard there, he returns later in the week, which will be great, and we will assess him when he comes back,” Rodgers added. This statement indicates that while Hatate is making progress, the club will take a cautious approach to his reintroduction to training and competitive play.

Celtic’s medical and coaching staff will likely conduct a thorough evaluation of Hatate’s condition upon his return to give Rodgers as best a timeline as they can.

As Celtic looks forward to a busy schedule, the return of key players like Maeda, Abada, and eventually Hatate will be crucial to maintaining their competitiveness and depth.


  1. Maeda is a big miss johnstone is got no strength against Kilmarnock he had a good spell in first half hour but after that bullied off the ball yes rugby park no place to play football but we still need our players to dig in that’s the worry our team dosent have ball winners in midfield never one a second ball in ref allowed tackling allowed 20years ago sky is showing of incedents seemed bhoyd viewing no look at Kilmarnock arm stopping Phillips ball going forward show one must show the other I wish faddy would say what he thinks maybe bhoyds bullying him


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