Celtic boss dismisses Kyogo rumours; also goes into how player feels about injury

By John McGinley

January 22, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has refuted rumours that Kyogo Furuhashi will be out for the rest of the Celtic season, in new comments to the media.

Rumours have been rife on message boards and social media that Kyogo’s injury is far worse than anyone would have hoped for.

While the Celtic boss does admit his hamstring problem is more serious than expected, he has categorically denied that the Japanese forward will be out for months. Postecoglou has refused to put a specific timeframe on a return but says it’s in the realm of ‘weeks’.

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As quoted by The Times, he said: “He’s not out for the rest of the season. I can assure you of that. Kyogo’s injury is more significant than we were hoping it would be and he will be out for a number of weeks. It’s not going to be a quick return.

“I don’t know how long and I don’t want to put a timeframe on it. Mainly because of Kyogo himself, plus we are still getting him assessed and we need it to settle before we get a definitive answer on it. But he will be out for a number of weeks and that is disappointing for us and also Kyogo.

“Hopefully we will get some clarity; there are still some things they want to see if it settles down, but we are looking at a number of weeks at this point.”

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Meanwhile, the Celtic boss has also provided a bit of insight into how Kyogo is feeling about everything.

He continued: “Kyogo is really disappointed and I feel for him because he put his body on the line for us. He loves playing for this club and he can’t wait to be back out there.

“Kyogo did all he could for this football club and I am hoping that because he got the rewards for that cup final performance, it’s enough to sustain him through this period out. He deserves to come back better than ever and he will.”

It goes without saying that Celtic supporters will be delighted when Kyogo does return to the team. His electric start at the Bhoys has made him one of the most revered players of recent years.

If he can come back even better, as Postecoglou believes, then we’re in for a real treat.

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