The international break got off to a nightmare of a start for our Japanese star Kyogo Furuhashi.
From the wonderful Scottish Sun:
The Japanese FA chartered a plane for their 11 European-based players to fly from Amsterdam to Vietnam, with a refueling stop in Russia.
But the aircraft encountered a problem when refuelling and was forced to sit on Russian soil for ten hours before it could take off, meaning Furuhashi missed Japan’s training session before the game and was travelling for the best part of a full day.
The players weren’t even allowed to leave the aircraft because of Russian visa issues and had to stay on board.
And Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu admitted he will have to make a decision on whether Furuhashi and his European-based teammates are fit enough to play.
He said: “I have to decide to see if these players are physically able to play in the match after such a journey.
“They arrived half a day later than expected. It’s an unexpected situation. It can’t be helped now. I have been told the players were able to get a good rest on the journey, but they’ve missed a training session so it’s not the best preparation.”
Truly a shambolic situation, and hopefully he doesn’t get anywhere near the game itself to stay as fresh as possible for us, but that is HIGHLY doubtful.
More news articles about the international Celts on the way this week!