Postecoglou has reiterated that there will be no “quick return” for the 27-year-old Japanese internationalist, almost ending any lingering possibility of the former Vissel Kobe man being fit enough to face Rangers on February 2 in the cinch Premiership. Furuhashi aggravated a troublesome hamstring injury against St Johnstone on Boxing Day and has not played since.
Furthermore, in a gloomy-sounding prognosis, there must now be doubts over his ability to participate in Celtic’s upcoming Europa Conference League play-off ties against Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt, the first leg of which will be hosted at Celtic Park on Thursday, February 17, with the return in Norway a week later.
"It's not going to be a quick return,” said Postecoglou.
"I'm reluctant to put a timeframe on it. We're still looking at a number of weeks at the moment."