Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi could well have “suffered a setback” in his recovery from a hamstring injury, according to Ben Dinnery.
The self-proclaimed “injury analyst” who runs Premierinjuries.com has responded to remarks that Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou made last week stating that Furuhashi is “nowhere near” making a return to action. Dinnery is surprised that the Japanese international is not further along in his rehabilitation:
“These types of injuries, there are no guarantees. They have high recurrence rates, particularly when someone has been out long-term. Postecoglou has almost backtracked on his initial comments where he said he was nearing a return. Has he suffered a setback? Is there another problem? It’s possible. Or is it the same issue niggling away? It’s not until you’re reintegrated into the squad that they’ll know the full picture.”
Dinnery is seemingly just making an educated guess, rather than having any inside knowledge on Furuhashi’s fitness, so Celtic supporters should not be too alarmed by the comments.
The Athletic‘s Hoops correspondent Kieran Devlin suggested last month that the 27-year-old could miss “up to another 10 games” but that also took into account the club staying involved in the Europa Conference League.
Furuhashi may still return for the next derby against Rangers on April 3rd but Postecoglou’s remarks do raise big concerns about when he’ll be back fit and available.