BBC pundit Pat Nevin says he is worried that Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi is “carrying” an injury of some kind following his display in the 6-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.
The Japanese international was by no means the only poor performer at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday evening but, speaking on commentary duty during the game, Nevin said the striker’s lack of movement was a major concern:
“There is no real movement. Even Kyogo, who always seems to be sprinting and running everywhere, trying to run behind all the time.”
“He hasn’t really looked like that tonight. He has been a lot more static than he usually is. Sometimes you wonder if he is carrying a bit of injury and that sometimes slows players down. Very unlike him this game.”
Kyogo does have a shoulder problem
Even since the 28-year-old dislocated his shoulder last season, there has been speculation that he may need surgery to put things right.
Manager Brendan Rodgers mentioned the possibility of an operation back in the summer, but Kyogo has continued to play regularly this campaign. It would be pure speculation to suggest, though, that it had any bearing on his performance in Madrid.
His form for Celtic has been underwhelming recently
Kyogo had a very strong start to the season, scoring 4 goals in his first 5 league appearances. It even led Nevin, who is a former Chelsea player, to recommend that his former club sign the Hoops star.
However, since September, Kyogo has only scored once in the Scottish Premiership, despite still impressing in some of his displays in the Champions League.
Celtic supporters will be very much hoping that Kyogo can get back to his best in the not-too-distant future.