Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten are on the verge of returning to full training, whilst Jordan Jones’ injury is not as bad as first thought.
£1.26m-valued Defoe (as per Transfermarkt) is yet to play a single minute so far this campaign, whilst £3.6m-valued Itten has started just one game since completing his move from St. Gallen. Jones, meanwhile, recently joined up with the Northern Ireland squad for their games against Romania and Norway, but he did not play a part in either due to a knock he had picked up.
Speaking to Rangers TV ahead of the Gers’ next clash, against Dundee United, Gerrard said:
“(The international break has) been a chance for us to get injured players closer to being back into full training.
“Jermain Defoe is on the verge of that, Cedric Itten is on the verge of that.
“Jordan Jones – his injury is not as bad as first feared so we’re hoping in a week’s time we should be in real good shape from an injury point of view.”
This is certainly good news for the Ibrox outfit from an attacking point of view. As it stands, Kemar Roofe is the only real forward that Gerrard has at his disposal – Alfredo Morelos is still on the books, but the fact he has not played a single minute in the last two matches indicates that the boss is losing his patience as the speculation surrounding the Colombia international’s future continues.
Should Jordan Jones leave the club?
Defoe, with his experience, as well as the freshness of Itten, could be vital to Gerrard this term as he aims for a first major trophy of his managerial career. Whilst £540,000-valued Jones is not as big a component of the squad – he has not played at all this season – his return at least means that other clubs could made a move to take him away from the 54-time Scottish champions, which is reportedly what Gerrard wants.
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