Celtic have been dealt a fresh injury concern regarding centre-forward Kyogo Furuhashi.
According to a recent report by the Daily Record, the 27-year-old hitman, who has not played for Celtic since December 26 due to a hamstring injury, has now been left out of Japan’s international squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers in the coming weeks – something that would appear to suggest the striker is still some way off making a return to the pitch.
Considering just how impressive Kyogo has been for the Hoops since his £4.6m move to Glasgow last July, should the centre-forward indeed still be a number of weeks away from making a return to Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI, it would undoubtedly be a circumstance that will leave the Parkhead faithful gutted.
Indeed, over his 14 Premiership outings this season, the £4.95m-rated striker has bagged eight goals, provided two assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game – with these returns seeing the 27-year-old average a very impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.03.
However, it has not only been in Scotland that the £18k-per-week sensation has been in deadly form, with Kyogo also having scored two goals, registered two assists and created two big chances over his five Europa League appearances – with these metrics seeing the Japanese hitman average a SofaScore match rating of 7.10.
As such, with the Old Firm derby being the first fixture back after the upcoming international break – a game that could well be season-defining for the Bhoys – and Kyogo not being deemed fit enough to feature for Japan over the next fortnight, it would appear extremely unlikely that the centre-forward will make it back for the Rangers clash on April 2 – something that is sure to be a huge worry for Celtic supporters.