Report: Celtic man suffers international travel hell; 10-hour plane wait explained
Celtic player Kyogo Furuhashi has been caught up in severe international travel disruption with a host of Europe-based Japan national team players, the Daily Record reports.
The report states that the Japanese FA chartered a flight from Amsterdam to Vietnam for 11 Euro-based players. This is due to the fact Japan will kick-off their next phase of World Cup qualification matches against the Vietnamese.
However, after stopping off for a fuel top-up in Russia, the aircraft encountered an issue. This led to the the players having to remain on the plane for 10 hours before it would eventually take off once more.
The Record claims that Kyogo and his teammates, therefore, missed a training session and are severe doubts to feature in tomorrow’s crucial clash.
As quoted by the Record, Japan captain Maya Yoshida explained why they couldn’t get off the plane:
“We had to sit on the plane in Russia for ten hours. They wouldn’t let us out of the plane because of visa issues so we had to sit on the aircraft. We spent our time on the plane moving, stretching and playing card games.
“Maybe if we win, it will be one of those incidents we will talk and laugh about in years to come. But not now.”
Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi could miss Vietnam vs Japan
It remains to be seen if the players are deemed ready to take part in what will be another massive match for Japan. You would imagine that some would be more prepared for it than others. Not everyone will react to the disruption the same way.
From a purely selfish perspective, Celtic will want him to play as few a amount of games as possible. After all, why would we want our star-striker being put in harm’s way? We know how much we downgrade when he isn’t in the team.
But for the player himself he’ll be desperate to make an impact. With Japan’s World Cup hopes dangling by a threat, it’s imperative that they get a result in Vietnam. Kyogo will be wary of that.
That will then be followed up with another away match in Oman. The Celtic star will definitely be kept on his feet, so this isn’t an ideal start to the international break for him.
So long as he’s back fit for the Premier Sports Cup semi-final against St Johnstone, of course, is our main priority. But in an ideal world, he would be coming back in red hot form for his country also. His confidence levels are sky-high at the moment and we could do with them staying that way.
Hopefully he has a smoother second half of the international break. For now, all eyes on whether he starts tomorrow, with kickoff a at 12pm Celtic Park Time.