Lennon waits on duo before Juve clash
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Neil Lennon is sweating over the availability of two key players ahead of the first leg of Celtic's UEFA Champions League last-16 clash against Juventus at Parkhead tomorrow night.

Forward Georgios Samaras is battling to recover from a hamstring injury while defender Efe Ambrose played for Nigeria in their 1-0 CAF Africa Cup of Nations final win over Burkina Faso and will not be back in Glasgow until Tuesday morning.

Left-back Emilio Izaguirre has recovered from a knee injury while winger James Forrest is fit again following a hamstring problem.

"It is as you were with Samaras," the Hoops boss said. "We will make a decision on him tomorrow. Izaguirre trained today and has joined the squad and Forrest is fit and Ambrose, we expect to arrive tomorrow morning.

"We will see what condition he is in and if he is okay, we will have him in the squad. We will give Georgios as much time as is needed. He has been doing pretty aggressive rehabilitation work and we are hopeful he will be okay. If not, then I have a very strong squad and we will have him fit for the second leg."