How Celtic international players are looking after return; Kyogo highlighted

By David Walton

November 18, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has today confirmed that all of the Celtic players involved in international duty over the last couple of weeks have reported back fit and healthy.

Celtic had as many as 10 players away with their respective countries over the break. Supporters and most likely the manager will have been fearing the worst after the injury issues that rocked the club during the September break.

The likes of Kyogo and Juranovic were off with Japan and Croatia in big international camps respectively. The same goes for Nir Bitton and Liel Abada with Israel. We of course can’t forget the heroic Scotland contingent of Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, and Anthony Ralston respectively.

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However, as Postecoglou moved to highlight Kyogo in particular, he confirmed today that all of the internationals have come back raring to go ahead of the St Johnstone game. Speaking via Celtic TV, Ange said: “All clean bill of health. No issues coming out of that. They all got back in relatively good time. The last to arrive was Kyogo and Welsh was the last one to play a game, so all good.

“For the most part, they’ve been pretty good with the travel aspect of it. Looking back at the other 2 windows the guys who have come back have been presenting themselves in good condition. We always assess them. We get all the information from their national teams about what they’ve been doing and checking on them.

“The only one who really get affected by it the most is guys like Tommy Rogic who obviously didn’t travel this time and Kyogo. But Kyogo looking at him he looks fine, to be fair he always looks fine so it’s pretty hard to tell. But he’s bright enough in training today so from that perspective I don’t think it rules anyone out.”

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Celtic now have 4 months before next international break

The prospects of our season being ripped apart by an injury crisis on international duty can now be shelved for 4 months. The November games will be the last time the players are away until March.

That’s massive from a Celtic point of view. We saw just how detrimental it was back in September when we went on a horrid run of form. That’s primarily the reason we’re still playing catchup in the title race.

Compare that to how we coped after the October games. 6 wins out of 7 read extremely positively for the Hoops. It was a massive period for the club and Postecoglou will have been able to reflect on it with plenty of satisfaction over the last fortnight.

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But also with some trepidation in case the likes of Kyogo and Juranovic came back crocked too. Thankully, it looks as though we can finally move on from the international stuff and push forward into another massive period for the football club.

St Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup on Saturday marks the first of 11 games between now and the end of 2021. That’s a packed calendar, and having a full squad available is going to be essential.

With the likes of Carl Starfelt, Rogic, and Giorgos Giakoumakis still to recover from knocks, we look to be in an extremely healthy position for now. Here’s hoping all can come through training and take part on Saturday.

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