"I will be back soon"; Kyogo updates Japanese media on his Celtic status

By David Walton

March 20, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has told a Japanese newspaper that he believes he’ll be back in action for the Hoops “soon”.

The former Vissel Kobe man has been out of action since December with a hamstring tear. His last game for Ange Postecoglou’s men came in our last match of 2021 against St Johnstone, where he had to come off after only 15 minutes.

Since then, it’s been a long road to recovery. Giorgos Giakoumakis has stepped up with 11 goals since the turn of the year, but supporters have still missed their talismanic Japanese international. The player was also spotted doing some individual work in training late last week at Lennoxtown.

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And now, Kyogo has told a Japanese outlet over the weekend that he feels in “very good condition” as he lauded the messages from the Celtic support:

As quoted by Mainichi, Kyogo said: “I have been absent since I was injured in December last year, but now I am in very good condition and I feel that I will be back soon.

“I’m glad to hear a lot of messages from the supporters. I am spending my time hoping to get back to the pitch as soon as possible.”

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Kyogo sounds ready for his big Celtic return in the near future

Ange Postecoglou flat out stated before the weekend that he didn’t want to put timelines on Kyogo’s return [Scottish Sun]. However, it’s clear that Celtic’s main man in 2021 is feeling good and ready for a return in the near future.

Many eyes will be on whether he can recover in time to face Rangers at Ibrox. Of course, it may be wise for Ange just to hold off on rushing him back.

It’s important to remember that Kyogo will have been out for over 3 months come the game against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men. With Giakoumakis in-form, it would make sense to go with him and try to build Kyogo up for the rest of the run-in.

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One of the big mistakes we made with the player during his injury struggles in the first half of the season was quickly rushing him back. Now, there’s no major reason to with the attacking prowess we have.

Celtic have plenty of tough fixtures on the cards after Ibrox. All of them will be vital too – not least the Scottish Cup semi-final against our rivals at Hampden on April 17th.

Kyogo has a huge part to play and it’ll be down to Ange to determine when that will be. But given his update given to the Japanese media, it’s clear he’s extremely close to game-time.

In other news, Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley shares Christian Eriksen hopes