It appears that Celtic winger Maryan Shved is in fact not injured, despite worrying reports he had torn his thigh muscle earlier this week.
The Scottish Sun reported on Monday that the January signing could be out for the season and have his pre-season at Celtic impacted by the injury, but his loan club have refuted those claims with a Twitter post of the player in training, saying he is preparing for this weekend’s fixture.
Marian Shved is training with Karpaty team's main group preparing to the next league match scheduled for closest weekend. It is difficult to understand in which way he can do it suffering muscle rupture. We are passing our modest greetings to the tabloids from the Isles. pic.twitter.com/ULSmFGDLQu
— FC Karpaty Lviv (@FCKarpatyLviv) March 13, 2019
Whether the comments of the Karpaty manager were lost in translation or the Scottish press were simply being mischievous is unclear but it’s a relief that his progress has not been halted by a debilitating muscle tear, which could have taken months to heal.
Shved has emerged as one of the big talents in the Ukrainian top-flight this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting 3 times in 20 appearances.
He will be joining up with the Celtic squad at the end of the season to prepare for European qualifiers and hopes are high he can add an attacking freshness to the right wing and compete for starts with James Forrest.
Still just 21 years of age, he has plenty of time for improvement too and supporters are incredibly excited to see what he can offer in the short and long-term.