Postecoglou delivers grim early injury assessment of key Celtic man

By Euan Davidson

December 9, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has admitted the situation with Celtic striker Kyogo is “not good”.

Kyogo wasn’t meant to feature tonight. However, an early injury to Albian Ajeti, and Kyogo being the only available striker, means that the Japanese star had to come on. And that he did, to rapturous applause.

But every Celtic fan watching knew what the stakes were. There was a sense of dread, followed by sighs bemoaning an inevitability. Kyogo pulled up in the second half and had to come off.

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The Celtic boss said on Kyogo [BT Sport]:

“We’ll see. It’s not good.

“We’ll wait and see what the assessment is. Obviously I’d have preferred to give Kyogo less time tonight, but with Albian also getting a hamstring, we’re just going through a bit of a rough drop that never seems to end. But anyway, we’ll cope.

“The amount of games we’ve played is just ridiculous to be fair. We don’t have the squad to cope with it at the moment. Luckily, tonight, we got some 90 minutes in some guys that hopefully will help us moving forward, which will be important.”

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Kyogo news is exactly what Celtic fans didn’t want to hear from Postecoglou

Here we go again.

With Ajeti and Kyogo both picking up knocks, and potentially out for weeks, the timing couldn’t be worse. Giorgios Giakoumakis remains on the sidelines, and it’s hard to see who could come in for any of the trio.

Ange Postecoglou will have hoped for exactly one thing tonight: no injuries. Instead, he got plenty of them. James McCarthy came off, Kyogo came off, Ajeti came off, and there were some laboured performances towards the end of the game.

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This was the one thing the manager tried to prevent. Yet, it’s still happened, in a game of no real material value.

Celtic fans will be hoping for a more positive update tomorrow or Saturday, but it seems unlikely Kyogo will feature against Motherwell, given how he came off.

Worrying times for Hoops fans, despite what was a massively encouraging win. The phrase “bittersweet” was invented for nights like this.

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