RYAN CHRISTIE is targeting the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on May 25 as his comeback date after sustaining horrific facial injuries against Aberdeen on Sunday.
The Celtic midfielder will undergo surgery tomorrow following the “multiple facial fractures” he received after a sickening collision with Dom Ball that saw the Dons defender sent off in his side’s 3-0 loss in a one-sided semi-final at Hampden.
The Parkhead club are refusing to put a time scale of the player’s recovery, but reports yesterday claimed his season was over.
However, the determined Christie will use team-mate Kristoffer Ajer as his motivation as he attempts to get back for next month’s date at the national stadium that could see the club seal a phenomenal treble treble, as reported in the Sun.
WALLOP…Ryan Christie fires a shot past Lewis Ferguson before injury struck.
The Norwegian international centre-back suffered a similar injury to his cheekbone against Livingston on November 11 last year.
But Ajer, who had to be left off the East Lothian pitch, was back training within three weeks and returned to the first team on December 13. With the Cup Final five and a half weeks away, Christie is aiming to be back in a similar time scale.
The 24-year-old Highlander was knocked unconscious in the incident and the tie was held up for six minutes before the player was stretchered off before being whisked straight to hospital.
A Celtic statement read: “Ryan is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday of this week. We are not able at this stage to give any specific indication on a timescale for his return to action, but, of course, everyone at Celtic wishes Ryan all the best for his full recovery.
“Ryan would also like to thank everyone sincerely for the many wishes of support he has received.”
Christie posted a picture of himself on social media which showed his severely bruised face.