Greg Taylor has revealed the gruesome detail behind his return to the Celtic side that beat Dundee United on Sunday.
The defender twice required treatment to his shoulder before being substituted in the 24th minute of the Europa League tie away to AZ Alkmaar on August 26.
After missing the Glasgow derby three days later he returned to action on September 11 at home to Ross County but had to be replaced three minutes into the second half.
Undergoing surgery is a fairly routine phrase in football but speaking to The Scotsman Taylor went into detail about exactly what was involved:
I got a procedure where you get a bone graft to stabilise it. It was just about making sure the bone had healed and giving it time to heal. But thankfully there were no complications from the operation. I am very grateful to the surgeon but also everyone who has helped me on the way back – the staff, the sports science staff and coaching team.
An injury to Tony Ralston against Hearts saw Josip Juranovic switched to right-back with Taylor returning to action against Dundee United on Sunday.
After a 75 minute run-out he looks certain to face Real Betis on Thursday and play a main part in Celtic’s hectic schedule of eight matches upto the Glasgow derby on January 2.