Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has dropped a worrying update on the current condition of Kyogo Furuhashi.
In recent comments cited by the Daily Record, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss revealed that the centre-forward looks set to spend at least another two weeks on the sidelines as a result of a hamstring injury, meaning the possibility of the 26-year-old being fit to feature in the Old Firm clash on February 2nd is looking extremely slim at present.
Concerning the Japan international’s injury, Postecoglou said: “It’s fair to say he hasn’t recovered from the injury. We’re still getting some advice on it. He’s not likely to feature in the next couple of weeks at least, it could be longer. In terms of definite time frames we’re just getting some more info and, hopefully, during the week we’ll know a little bit more.”
In response to a question asking whether Kyogo will be available for the derby, the Greek-Australian manager replied: “Mate, you’re talking about a game that’s four or five away from us. From our perspective, it’s really important we start the second half of the year at a good level, a good intensity, set down a marker [against Hibernian] and go from there.”
Considering the revelation Kyogo has been in the Celtic attack following his move to Glasgow last summer, the potential of the striker missing the visit of Rangers next month is sure to be something that will have the Parkhead faithful extremely worried.
Indeed, over his 14 Premiership appearances this season, the £4.95m-rated forward has been in astonishing form for the Bhoys, having already bagged eight goals, provided two assists and created four big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.1 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
As such, it is clear for all to see that being without the Japanese hitman for the Old Firm clash will undoubtedly come as a big blow to the Bhoys’ chances of taking all three points from the fixture – with a loss, or even a draw, against their Glasgow rivals potentially ending Celtic’s hopes of reclaiming their Premiership crown this season.