Kyogo Furuhashi provides Celtic supporters with interesting injury update

By David Walton

December 22, 2021

Kyogo Furuhashi has provided the Celtic supporters with an eagerly anticipated injury update ahead of tonight’s game against St Mirren.

The Japanese international returned early from a hamstring knock to down Hibernian in the League Cup final on Sunday. Just as promising as his goals, however, was the fact he didn’t appear to be injured as he came off late in the second 45.

Even so, it’s been widely acknowledged that he returned earlier than would’ve been ideal. That’s immediately led to question marks over whether he would be available for tonight’s game against St Mirren or for the upcoming domestic fixtures.

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However, he’s been speaking at a presser published today by Celtic TV. And whilst he refused to look too far ahead, he gave a promising outlook on whether he would potentially be available tonight when asked about his injury knock:

“At the moment I’m just focusing on what’s right in front of me [regarding his injury]. I can’t really think about next year or what’s beyond next year.

“Right now I’m focusing on the next game and training with the team. In terms of the physical aspects of the play, I know I’m a small person. But I see that as a good challenge and every game I’m trying to figure out how I can win against those challenges. But at the same time I’m trying to have fun as well.”

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Ange Postecoglou will have his own views on Kyogo availability

Postecoglou stated at his pre-St Mirren presser that it’s “unlikely” Kyogo will play every game between now and the winter break [Celtic TV].

That tells its own story. The manager is clearly looking to try and utilise the Japanese sensation when he feels the most opportune moment is. Or in other words, save him for the big games.

It remains to be seen whether Ange views tonight as big enough to throw Furuhashi back in. Given Liel Abada netted in Dingwall last week in a similar away fixture, however, could be enough to see Kyogo rested.

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Of course, the winter break saga has at the time of writing still to be resolved. It could be the case that the break is pulled forward and Celtic are able to have Kyogo close to 100% fit when the matches resume again.

Who knows what will even happen with tonight’s game against St Mirren as we await further Covid news from the Paisley club.

But Furuhashi himself clearly believes he can make an impact against the Buddies if the game goes ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how Ange manages him in the coming weeks.

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