Injury expert Ben Dinnery has claimed it is a possibility that Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi has suffered a setback, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Furuhashi’s absence
Unfortunately, he hasn’t featured since the end of December due to a reoccurrence of a hamstring problem he picked up against St Johnstone prior to the winter break.
Ange Postecoglou has admitted recently that the forward is still nowhere near a return to action, with the Hoops currently three points clear at the top of the Premiership.
The Latest: Dinnery’s comments
“The club are suggesting it’s likely to be after the international break.
“The Japan manager is hopeful that he might be able to play some part in the upcoming World Cup qualifying games.
“But he’d be getting a player who has played very little football and won’t be that sharp.
“But if he is in and around that squad, that might work for Celtic. It is an opportunity for him to get a few minutes in his legs.
“But with these types of injuries, there are no guarantees. They have high recurrence rates, particularly when someone has been out long-term.
“Postecoglou has almost backtracked on his initial comments where he said he was nearing a return.
“Has he suffered a setback? Is there another problem? It’s possible. Or is it the same issue niggling away?
“It’s not until you’re reintegrated into the squad that they’ll know the full picture.”
The Verdict: A worry…
Postecoglou is still without David Turnbull as well due to a hamstring problem, so Dinnery’s comments regarding Furuhashi won’t exactly fill supporters with confidence.
Hopefully, he hasn’t suffered a setback and will be back to contribute to Celtic’s title push over the coming months, but if he has, it is a major worry for the Hoops.
It seems as if it could be touch and go for the Glasgow Derby against Rangers next month, a game that could be crucial in the race for the title.
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