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Celtic: Kieran Devlin provides update on Kyogo Furuhashi

Celtic: Kieran Devlin provides update on Kyogo Furuhashi -Celtic News

The Athletic‘s Celtic correspondent Kieran Devlin has shared an update on Kyogo Furuhashi’s recovery from a hamstring injury. 

The lowdown

The 27-year-old has been struggling with his hamstring since the Europa League win against Real Betis in December. He returned against St Johnstone on Boxing Day, only to suffer a recurrence just 15 minutes into the game.

The Japanese forward hasn’t played since, and there has been a lack of clarity over when he might back. At the weekend, Ange Postecoglou refused ‘to put timelines on it’, merely telling reporters that the player is ‘working towards’ a comeback and that the Hoops boss hoped to have him available ‘soon’.

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The latest

On The Athletic‘s matchday forum over the weekend, a Celtic supporter asked Devlin if Furuhashi was back in training.

The journalist replied: “Believe he’s running again, but not sure the extent of his involvement with the rest of training.”

The verdict

Celtic may be desperate to get Furuhashi back before the end of the international break. Their next game – on Sunday 3 April – is a potentially season-defining clash against Rangers at Ibrox.

They then face St Johnstone in their last match prior to the split, before locking horns with their Glasgow arch-rivals again in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Furuhashi, who remains the Hoops’ top scorer with 13 goals, has already stepped up on the big occasion this season, most notably netting twice in the Scottish League Cup final against Hibernian in December. With a few more season-defining clashes to come, Postecoglou could certainly do with having him back once those roll around.

In other news, there has been a further update on Ben Doak’s future

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