By Ben Dinnery

17th Dec, 2021 | 12:12pm

Injury expert issues verdict on Celtic star Kyogo missing final against Hibs

There is “every chance” that Celtic hitman Kyogo Furuhashi could start the League Cup final on Sunday (19 December).

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Kyogo, a summer signing from Vissell Kobe, has not featured in any of the Hoops’ last three matches after sustaining an unspecified muscle injury.

The 26-year-old is part of a litany of injury concerns as Celtic gear up to face Hibernian in the League Cup final at Hampden at the weekend.

As quoted by the Daily Record on Wednesday (15 December) manager Ange Postecoglou revealed: “He [Kyogo] is not far off. It’s a day-to-day thing.”

Dinnery explains that the Japanese centre-forward has a good chance of being named in the starting XI.

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“The context of the game is important with this one,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“You need to understand the bigger picture in terms of the season and beyond. There will be player-led discussions with regards to that.

“We don’t know if it was just a bit of tightness or a fatigue-related issue from overloading the muscle.

“Typically, you can recover pretty quickly grom little hamstring niggles.

“Given the fact that this was a precautionary measure, I think there is every chance he could start that game.

“It’s important for him to train at 100 per cent. If he can come through those sessions in the build-up to the final, I don’t see any reason why he can’t start.

Kyogo has scored 14 goals and registered five assists across 24 appearances in his first six months in Glasgow.

His side have now won six matches on the bounce in all competitions.

In other news, Alex Mcleish suggests Postecoglou will be “disciplining” Celtic stars over issue “doing his nut in”.