Celtic have been dealt a triple injury blow before their clash at home to Dundee United in the Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
The Lowdown: Injury crisis
Ange Postecoglou is facing a bit of an injury crisis at the moment, with Giorgos Giakoumakis, Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor, Christopher Jullien, Mikey Johnston and James Forrest all on the sidelines at the moment (The Scottish Sun).
Where will Celtic finish?
4th or below
The Parkhead side are currently lingering in sixth spot in the table, and the plethora of injuries certainly have not helped in that regard.
The Latest: Three confirmed out
Speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match against Dundee United, Postecoglou has now confirmed (via The Scottish Sun) that Kyogo Furuhashi, as well as both McGregor and Johnston, will miss out through injury, on top of those already on the sidelines
The Hoops boss revealed:
“With Cal next Thursday is being optimistic.
“With Kyogo, I doubt we will see him this side of the international window but he is pushing hard.
“Unfortunately, Mikey Johnston picked up a niggle on Wednesday so he will be out and I’m not sure when he will be back.
“To cut a long story short, we won’t get anybody back for Sunday.”
The Verdict: Blow
It certainly is a blow to lose Furuhashi along with McGregor and Johnston among the long list of absentees.
The Japan international has scored no fewer than seven goals and supplied one assist in nine appearances over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt), while club captain McGregor has been a mainstay in the team, and the injury-ravaged Johnston offers another attacking option.
Nonetheless, Postecoglou is under pressure to pick up results fast, and he will need to start doing so today without a number of his key players.
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