Since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, Kyogo Furuhashi has struggled to match the form that he showed under the management of Ange Postecoglou. That does not mean that he is not a vital player for this team. Far from it. The Japanese forward still remains the man for the big occasion, which he has proven by scoring in both Glasgow Derbies and also against teams like Atletico Madrid and Lazio.
The hope is that Kyogo rediscovers some consistency in the second half of the season. He has not been called up for AFC Asian Cup and will certainly have a point to prove because of that.
One problem that Kyogo has faced throughout his time at Celtic is a shoulder issue, It seems to pop out sometimes and while it has not resulted in him missing any significant time, it is not ideal for the Japanese forward.
If Kyogo does choose to undergo surgery, it will result in him missing significant action. And that would not be ideal for Celtic.
Celtic superstar will miss four months if he undergoes surgery
It does not look like surgery is on the horizon for Kyogo. As reported by Football Scotland, Rodgers said about the matter:
"His shoulder’s still the same. He could get it fixed but he’d be out for four months.
“If it was desperate, he would have the operation, but it’s not imminent.
“From time to time his shoulder pops out. Then he pops it back in again. It may be something he decides to do in three or four years’ time."
Celtic have already been struggling in front of goal this season. The last thing they need is to be without Kyogo for four months.
The club are actually expected to sign a striker this month. They have been linked with in-form Premiership players like Bojan Miovski and Lawrence Shankland, as well as someone like Mathias Kvistgaarden of Brondby. Also, Oh Hyeon-gyu has shown some signs of progress in the last few months.
It remains to be seen if Celtic do end up signing a striker this month or not. Expect Kyogo to remain the first-choice inspite of what happens in that regard.