Journalist Pete O’Rourke dropped a Celtic injury claim involving Kyogo Furuhashi.
The Truth: Injury Concern
The Japan international is still an injury problem after pulling out in the early exchanges in the 4-0 Old Firm derby Premiership victory earlier this month with a shoulder problem.
He then played just 18 minutes in the 3-0 home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League three days later, with question marks over whether he should have been sacked so soon.
The Last: No risk to take
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke claimed Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou “won’t take any risks” with Kyogo’s fitness ahead of their next Champions League encounter at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.
The journalist said of the 27-year-old: “It will be interesting, he obviously had that early shoulder injury against Rangers which forced him off in the first minute or so, and obviously wasn’t deemed fit enough to face Real Madrid. from the start.
“I’m sure Ange Postecoglou will be careful with Kyogo, he won’t want a serious injury for him because he missed a good part of last season with a hamstring injury, so he won’t take any risks with him because that we know how important Kyogo is to Celtic.
“He’s had a good start to the season domestically, so he hopes to keep his best players fit, and Kyogo definitely falls into that category.”
The Verdict: Managing Your Fitness
Given his latest injury, managing Kyogo’s fitness is so important, especially with an international break coming up.
With six goals in his first six Premiership games this season, the Japan international is simply too important a player for Celtic to lose for an extended period.
Should Celtic start Kyogo?
Even though the Hoops lost their first Champions League group game, there are still four more games to go after Wednesday’s clash against Shakhtar, so there’s no need to risk him in this game if he doesn’t. still not in great shape.
Still, it’s probably worth seeing how he fares during the international break before playing him again in competitive matches.