Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko eyes first-team return


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Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko is confident he will soon be on the field with the rest of his team-mates after a three-month injury battle.

The Dane has been on the sidelines since August after suffering knee ligament damage but is now on the comeback trail after a tough few months on the treatment table.

He has been back out on the training pitch during the last two weeks and the international break has helped him work on his fitness.

In his absence, the Hoops have continued to dominate domestically as they stretched their unbeaten run to 63 matches.

They look in a good position to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League and Sviatchenko is hoping to help them reach that stage by playing in their final two Champions League group games.

He told the club’s official website: “The international break was convenient because it let me get good sessions and then a bit of rest and keep on looking to the next game.

“I played all six games last season in the Champions League which was an amazing experience.

“We have put ourselves in a good position but the job isn’t done yet and the final two group games are going to be decisive. I really hope I can play a part in them.

“Every day is an improvement. I have been back for nearly two weeks now and just getting my fitness up. It has been a while and I am missing being out on the park.”

Celtic take on Ross County on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership before facing Paris Saint-Germain in Europe on November 22.

Brendan Rodgers’ men, who are the outsiders for the game, are priced at 5.00 to score first against the French giants.

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