Injury expert Ben Dinnery has had his say in Celtic striker Kyogo and the challenges the player will face trying to get back to full fitness.
Kyogo pulled up against St Johnstone during the final game of 2021 and hasn’t been seen in a Cwltic jersey since.
We’re heading towards mid-March and there’s no signs the man from Japan will be back any time soon.
When CeltsAreHere.com spoke to Ange Postecoglou at the weekend – the manager was hopeful he would have Kyogo back after the next international break at the end of this month – but he didn’t sound so sure.
Speaking to Football Insider, Be. Dinnery has given an explanation why that might be the case , “The club are suggesting it’s likely to be after the international break.
“The Japan manager is hopeful that he might be able to play some part in the upcoming World Cup qualifying games.
“But he’d be getting a player who has played very little football and won’t be that sharp.
“But if he is in and around that squad, that might work for Celtic. It is an opportunity for him to get a few minutes in his legs.
“But with these types of injuries, there are no guarantees. They have high recurrence rates, particularly when someone has been out long-term.
“Postecoglou has almost backtracked on his initial comments where he said he was nearing a return.
“Has he suffered a setback? Is there another problem? It’s possible. Or is it the same issue niggling away?
“It’s not until you’re reintegrated into the squad that they’ll know the full picture.”
Kyogo was pivotal to the first half of the season and has helped us to where we are now. It’s gutting we’ve not been able to call on him at all in 2022 yet.
The bhoys have been doing well in his absence, but to get Kyogo back for the title run-in would be huge.
Like Dunnery said, we won’t know how Kyogo has recovered until he’s back in the side.
We have to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Celtic have a tough away game against Livingston on Sunday where they’ll need all their players to put in a top performance.