Report: Celtic star Kyogo could miss around 7 games with knee injury

By Euan Davidson

September 10, 2021

Star Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi could miss as many as 7 games after picking up a knee injury, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun state that the Japanese international could be ruled out for at least a month. Kyogo hurt his knee in a game against China, something that’s been criticised by a former Japan manager.

According to the Scottish Sun, Japanese sources expect him to miss the next two international fixtures. Japan face Saudi Arabia and Australia in October.

The former Vissel Kobe man has an exemplary injury record thus far. According to Transfermarkt, he’s only missed 4 professional matches through injury. That was a hamstring knock in 2019.

For Ange Postecoglou, this is a considerable blow. Celtic have tough fixtures coming up. There’s no doubt Kyogo could’ve been effective against Livingston, Dundee United, Bayer Leverkusen or Real Betis.

Kyogo’s blistering start to life at Celtic has made him a guaranteed starter when fit. Capable of playing on the left of a three, or up front, he’s been scoring for fun at Paradise. A return of 7 goals in 9 games speaks volumes.

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Celtic set to be without star man Kyogo for some crucial fixtures

Fortunately, Celtic have strengthened up front and in wide positions. The additions of Giakoumakis and Jota added to a very decent core of attacking players. Liel Abada, James Forrest, Albian Ajeti are all in contention, with Mikey Johnstone and Karamoko Dembele still to return from injury.

However, Kyogo is undoubtedly Postecoglou’s marquee man. Signed from the J-League, like Postecoglou himself, Kyogo has been a sensation in Scotland thus far.

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He’s quickly become a crowd favourite, for his goals and performances, but also his likeable demeanour.

So, to miss out on him for a month is a considerable blow for the coaches and supporters alike.

For a month or so, the Celtic boss has to figure out an attack that doesn’t include his best player.

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