In a freeze-frame, the figure of Kyogo Furuhashi could just be picked out in the background working on his own as the lens centred on team-mates being put through a full session. The scene hinted at a development that club faithful have craved: a return for an already talismanic presence who was sidelined with a hamstring tear on Boxing Day. A comeback for Furuhashi in the not-too-distant return future was confirmed by his manager Ange Postecoglou. No date was earmarked for that moment when Celtic’s 16-goal top scorer will once again take to the pitch. However, it would appear less likely Furuhashi will be in contention for the post-international break title-race shaping confrontation with Rangers at Ibrox April 3 than the Scottish Cup semi-final between the bitter rivals on April 17.
The Celtic manager couldn’t help framing the welcome news in his own inimitable fashion, though, when it was put to him that the player he signed from Vissel Kobe for £4.6million in July had been “sighted” at the club’s Lennoxtown base. Even as the Australian confused the dates for David Turnbull and Furuhashi being stricken by similar injuries. The midfielder, available for the first time in 2022 when Celtic entertain Ross County on Saturday, damaged his hamstring in the Premier Sports Cup final that came only a week before the Japanese forward succumbed at McDiarmid Park.
“He’s been injured mate, he wasn’t kidnapped!” said the 56-year-old of Furuhashi being caught on camera the other day. “He’s been here every day. He’s fine. He’s working towards [a return]. I don’t want to put timelines on it but you look at Davie Turnbull, he was injured three or four weeks before and they are running similar sort of rehabs. He’s working hard and doing well. Hopefully he’ll be back soon. The international break gives him a chance to do some more work as well.”