Celtic striker, Albian Ajeti, missed out on Switzerland’s three matches during international week and stayed at Lennoxtown to work on his fitness.
Ajeti has admitted that he has not been at full fitness since joining Celtic, despite making good strides prior to his injury.
The Swissman, who has made an impressive start to life in Glasgow, spoke to The Celtic View this week:
“For me, this period is very important because it allows me to build my fitness back up. It was the best decision for me to stay here rather than go away with the national team. I lost a couple of weeks when I was injured and I thought this was the right moment to try and get my fitness back to the level it was before the injury.
“Switzerland played a friendly against Belgium and then played Spain and Ukraine in the Nations League. We have already qualified for the Euros but we had a really tough Nations League group with Germany, Spain and Ukraine. There wasn’t a lot we could expect from those games but we did quite well.
“There’s never a great time for an injury but my injury came at a very bad time. Celtic were winning games and I was at the stage where I felt like I could push myself for 90 minutes. It was a bit of a setback but I’m happy to be back now and trying to work on my fitness.
“The training sessions during the international break have been hard sessions. We’ve been doing some long, hard runs to open up the legs and build the fitness up. There aren’t many players here but we’ve still done a lot of work with the ball.
“I hope to be back to full fitness for the Hibernian game but I’ll still need to get a full 90 minutes to know. I’ve been training really well with the staff here and I’m feeling good. The fitness will come with each game.”