Celtic full-back Mikael Lustig is desperate to return to action after an injury-plagued spell with the Glasgow giants.
The Swede has not featured for the Hoops since picking up an ankle injury during the 2-0 Scottish Cup triumph over Dundee at the start of February.
The 28-year-old has only made 16 appearances for Ronny Deila’s side in all competitions during the 2014/15 campaign, with a hamstring problem previously seeing him miss two months of football over the Christmas period.
It was a similar story for the former Rosenborg player in the previous campaign, after a long-standing hip problem kept him out of action for the final four months of the season, and he admits that it has been tough to recover from continuous setbacks.
He said: “I was out for a while before that so the whole season has been quite bad for me. Every time I get injured I always promise myself to not do it again but this could happen to anyone.”
The Sweden international now appears to be close to returning from his latest injury problem and is hopeful that he will be fully fit for the start of the Bhoys’ pre-season campaign.
He continued: “Now the last couple of weeks I feel like I’m finally progressing. I’ve been outside running and been involved in some passing exercises so hopefully I can be ready for the pre-season.”
Lustig has won three league championships with Celtic since joining the club in 2012 and will be hoping to play a pivotal role in helping the team secure more trophies next season.