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Celtic: Japan’s Kyogo Furuhashi U-turn

Celtic: Japan’s Kyogo Furuhashi U-turn -Celtic

Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi has now been selected in Japan’s squad for the upcoming international break.

The Lowdown: Furuhashi’s knee injury

Furuhashi, who has scored seven times in 10 Celtic appearances, has only just returned from a knee injury which he sustained playing for Japan during the previous international break.

The £4.86m summer signing started against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday but didn’t manage to play the entire 90 minutes in a 4-0 defeat. He looks set to be available against Aberdeen on Sunday, and it now appears as if he could have a busy week away with his country.

The Latest: Japan U-turn

Japan named their squad for World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Australia earlier this week, with Furuhashi initially not included due to injury.

However, @CraigCelt shared a press release on Twitter on Friday afternoon, with news emerging that the 26-year-old will now head off to represent his country following this weekend’s action.

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The Verdict: Not ideal…

Celtic and Ange Postecoglou could have done without Japan’s U-turn, in all honesty.

Furuhashi has only just returned from an injury which kept him out of five Hoops fixtures. Initial fears were that he would miss seven games, so he has returned quicker than expected.

The last thing everyone associated with the Hoops will want is for the 26-year-old to feature heavily in both of Japan’s qualifiers and push his fitness to the limit, thus depriving the club of his services if his body breaks down again.

In other news: ‘Great’ Celtic ace who has been training under Ange seals late-night Parkhead exit.


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