Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has dropped an update on the condition of Kyogo Furuhashi.
In recent comments cited by The Herald, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss revealed that the knock picked up by the centre-forward in the 3-2 Europa League win over Real Betis on Thursday night looks to be a serious one, which raises considerable doubt as to whether the 26-year-old will be fit to feature in the League Cup final next weekend.
When asked for an update on the condition of the Japan maestro, Postecoglou said: “It is not good.”
Considering just how impressive Kyogo has been since making a £4.6m move to Parkhead last summer, the news that he could be sidelined for a substantial amount of time is sure to have left Celtic fans devastated.
Indeed, over his 13 Premiership appearances this season, the £1.8m-rated forward has already scored eight goals and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 2.2 shots and making 1.2 key passes per game.
The £18k-per-week hitman has also impressed over his five Europa League appearances, bagging five goals, registering two assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, with these returns seeing the 26-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 7.10.
As such, should the centre-forward indeed be ruled out of action for the upcoming League Cup final – and potentially beyond – it will certainly come as a huge blow to Postecoglou and his side, who are undoubtedly weakened significant without their season’s top scorer leading the line.