KYOGO FURUHASHI, Celtic’s top marksman with 16 goals, is poised to miss the Premiership restart against Hibs at Parkhead on Monday evening.
The Japanese striker is still struggling with his problematic hamstring strain that saw him removed early from the 3-1 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Boxing Day.
Kyogo broke down after only 15 minutes against Callum Davidson’s side and was replaced by 18-year-old debutant Joey Dawson.
OVER AND OUT…a dismayed Kyogo Furushashi is consoled by referee Bobby Madden as he leaves the Perth pitch on Boxing Day.
OVER AND IN…Kyogo Furuhashi, watched by Hibs defender Ryan Porteous, prepares to lob in the Premier Sports League Cup winner at Hampden last month.
The team’s talisman, who has scored in both his appearances against the Easter Road club this season including his double in the 2-1 Premier Sports League Cup Final triumph last month, missed training with the rest of his team-mates at Lennoxtown yesterday, according to the Scottish Sun.
His omission set the alarm bells ringing and he was not involved in the team’s closed-doors game against St Mirren at the training HQ during thee week when Owen Moffat scored the only goal of a brisk work-out that saw Christopher Jullien return after almost 13 months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Ange Postecoglou will give Kyogo every chance to line up against Shaun Maloney’s Edinburgh outfit, but it is increasingly looking as though he will not take a risk with the pacy forward.
Daizen Maeda was one of the three J-League recruits, along with Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate, who played against the Paisley side and there could be a quickfire Hoops debut for the twice-capped Japanese international.