Why Filip Benkovic might want to extend his time at Celtic

FILIP BENKOVIC is still waiting to find out how long his ankle injury is going to keep him out of the Celtic side. News of the Croatian’s injury was broken on The Celtic Star after he played apparently without any sign of mishap, in the game against Hamilton.

The day after our story on one of the tabloids went further stating that Benkovic’s season could be over and that he would be heading back to Leicester City.

Then Brendan Rodgers revealed that he was looking at perhaps 4-6 weeks before the Croatian could return to training.

Benkovic, who has loved every minute of his time at Celtic, still doesn’t know himself when he’ll be back but we is desperate to play his part in the closing stages of the season and hopes to be picking up a few more medals before his loan spell comes to an end.

That might even convince him to hang around for another season rather than sit on the bench or play for the reserves at Leicester next season.

“Up until the injury, everything was super. I was so happy,” Filip said to the media.

“I have to do all the examinations, then we will know the diagnosis and recovery time.

“I enjoy being at Celtic, the coach trusts me and I have played a lot of big games.

“Hopefully I won’t be out for a long time.”

Benkovic will be watching the Europa League action over the next few weeks as Celtic go into battle with Valencia for a place in the last 16 of the competition.

Celtic’s six point lead in the Premiership has them on course for another title win and with a perfect start to 2019 in terms of wins – with no goals conceded – that is edging closer. Then there is the Scottish Cup and if Celtic can get the the final on 25 May, as Champions, then the chance to win the Treble Treble would be quite incredible for the players, management and of course the support.

Then there’s the Champions League next season.

Benkovic might think another season at Celtic would be ideal preparation for the life as a Premier League player rather than going back in this summer and being a reserve.

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