YOSUKE IDEGUCHI faces three months on the sidelines after suffering a sickening ankle break.
The Celtic midfielder’s injury curse struck again when he made his full debut following his loan switch to Avispa Fukuoka.
Ideguchi, who joined Ange Postecoglou’s side in January last year as part of his triple swoop on the J-League that also brought in Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate, was crocked in only his third appearance after his temporary transfer.
The 15 times-capped Japanese international featured as a substitute in a couple of games before he got the nod to face Kashiwa Reysol, but his participation in the action when he snapped his ankle.
CRUNCH…Yosuke Ideguchi in action during Celtic’s two-game stint in the Sydney Super Cup in November.
It mirrored his first full outing for the Hoops when he took his bow against Alloa in the Scottish Cup on January 22 – only three days after his first appearance as a late sub for Hatate in the 2-0 league win over Hibs at Parkhead.
Ideguchi was on the receiving end of a reckless challenge by Muhammed Diang and had to be helped off the pitch with ankle damage. The wayward assault earned the home player a retrospective red card and a two-game ban.
In a bruising tussle against rugged opponents, the Hoops won 2-1 and also had Callum McGregor and Liel Abada injured.
The 26-year-old star is determined to return stronger than ever. Posting a picture from the game, he wrote: “I’m full of nostalgic feelings. I’ll do my best every day to be able to come back a day as soon as possible and have a little bit of the power of Avispa.
“The struggle continues though. I’m going to take care of each day so I can show myself how strong I’ve overcome it.”