ANGE POSTECOGLOU confirmed CQN’s report from earlier today that Giorgos Giakoumakis is back in contention for Sunday’s trip to Dingwall.
We were also on the ball with the news Croatia international right-back Josip Juaronovic will be missing “for a couple of weeks” after limping off with a hamstring strain at Hampden on Sunday.
Giakoumakis sat out the Scottish Cup semi-final extra-time loss following his setback in the 7-0 rout of St Johnstone at Parkhead where he scored his 13th goal of the campaign before being forced to withdraw with another hamstring pull.
IN…Giorgos Giakoumakis is poised to return against Ross County on Sunday.
On the injury update, Postecoglou, speaking to the Glasgow Times, said: “He (Giakoumakis) will be available. He trained early in the week and re-integrated into the squad and did the last couple of sessions fully.
”Josip Juranovic is the most significant one, he will miss the weekend.
“It’s hard to say, the injury hasn’t settled down yet, but it’s fair to say it will be at least a couple of weeks. After that, we are just going to have to see how it goes.
OUT…Josip Juranovic could be sidelined for “at least a couple of weeks”.
“The others, who went off with a combination of cramp and some knocks, all should be fine for Sunday.”
The availability of Giakoumakis, who scored a hat-trick against Malky Mackay’s Highlanders the last time the teams met in Glasgow last month, will offer the manager the option of starting talisman Kyogo Furuhashi on the substitutes’ bench.
The Japanese striker, who has claimed 16 strikes in his debut campaign, played 16 minutes against the Perth Saints and got just over an hour at Hampden and is still getting back up to speed after his 17-game lay-off.
Anthony Ralston, the matchwinner when the Hoops played at the Global Energy Stadium in December, is a straighforwrd replacement for Juranovic on the right hand side of the rearguard.