Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi has been pictured back out on the grass at the Lennoxtown Training Centre.
The 26-year-old was expected to be out until the international break next month but his apparent return to training has got many fans on Twitter optimistic that he will be back in action earlier than anticipated:
@Seamy__ the goat returns
— Ciaran Casey (@CiaranCasey16) September 22, 2021
Ya love to see it
— Séamus (@Seamy__) September 22, 2021
— joe fan (@joefan56818799) September 22, 2021
— Swurrves (@Swurrves1) September 22, 2021
Come back ASAP please
— Johncarlin1951 (@johncarlin1951) September 22, 2021
Hopefully be back next Thursday
— Chris (@Christo20805012) September 22, 2021
He’s light running at the moment himself, suspect he’s gonna be out for at least another 2 weeks
— マーク ムスアン maaku musuan (@marcmcewan_80) September 22, 2021
It’s probably the case that Furuhashi is doing light training as he recovers from the knee injury he sustained in Japan’s World Cup qualifier against China earlier this month.
Estimates had placed his return date in the middle of October but we shall see if he is able to play any part in upcoming matches. He won’t be featuring against Raith Rovers this evening while the match versus Dundee United this weekend has also likely come too soon.
It remains to be seen, though, whether he could make his comeback against Bayer Leverkusen or Aberdeen next week.