Soccer Football - Scottish Premiership - Celtic v Aberdeen - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - July 31, 2022 Celtic's Daizen Maeda arrives at the stadium before the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Celtic attacker Daizen Maeda has been posted missing from his national sides training ahead of their Kirin Cup match against Ecuador [Daily Record]. 

The former Yokohama Marinos star pulled up in Japan’s 2-0 victory over the USA in Dusseldorf and had to be subbed off at the break.

He had been given the nod to lead the line for his national side in an experimental starting eleven haven been given the nod over Celtic teammate Kyogo Furuhashi.

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These matches have served as a good test for the Samurai Blue as they continue their preparations for the World Cup in November which Maeda is very likely to be a part of the squad heading to Qatar.

After the match, Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu confirmed that Maeda had a pain in his right leg which was the reason why he had to take the 24-year old off the park so early.

Maeda is very likely to miss the final international game having missed training as the Japan Football Association have revealed he has a thigh injury and has remained at the team hotel.

Ange Postecoglou will be getting kept up to date and will hope that this is not another injury to add to the list from the international break with Giorgos Giakoumakis and David Turnbull both having issues while away.

Celtic will play 13 matches in 43 days when they return after the international break and it will be important that everyone is available for selection.

 

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