Kyogo Furuhashi was a happy man at Lennoxtown earlier today after picking up his SPFL and Scottish Premiership top scorer awards from the league body. The striker has scored a sensational 27 league goals and 33 goals in all competitions this term.
There were no signs of the injury that has kept him out of training this week in photos published by SNS, as the striker aims to overcome a fitness scare and feature in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.
Kyogo had previously pulled out of media duties earlier this week, having to withdraw from the SFWA awards at the weekend after hobbling off against Aberdeen.
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Ange Postecoglou suggested in his media conference yesterday that the Japanese striker is determined to feature against Inverness Caledonian Thistle and would be given a run out at team training this morning.
Presuming he has come through that test without any issues, the signs are good that he will feature in some capacity at Hampden Park, even if not in the starting eleven.
Hyeongyu Oh is a viable starter if Kyogo isn’t fully match fit, with the scoring sensation then able to play a part from the bench in the second half. That looks like the worst-case scenario at this point, which isn’t bad at all.
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Oh has provided a consistent scoring contribution since arriving from South Korea, notching up a goal even 80 minutes or so, largely from the bench. While Kyogo should be in the team if he’s able, we should have enough threat to take care of Billy Dodds’ team regardless.
Elsewhere, the only real absentee for the Hampden clash comes via Aaron Mooy. The Australian’s back injury has not cleared up in time and he won’t feature. Other prior doubts, such as Alistair Johnston and Sead Haksabanovic will make the match squad.