Steven Gerrard has said that he is hopeful the injury to Glasgow Rangers striker Kemar Roofe is nothing serious.
The Gers were in action against Lincoln Red Imps in the second round of Europa League qualifying on Thursday, winning 5-0 to set up a tie against Willem II of the Eredivisie. However, despite the positive result, the Gers were hit by another injury following the four players who encountered problems last Sunday against Dundee United. This time, it was Kemar Roofe who was forced off, even before the break.
Speaking after the match, though, Gerrard was keen to play down talk of it being a big issue. He told Rangers TV:
“There is an issue but we’re hoping it’s not a big one.
“He said he could feel a bit of tightness so hopefully he’s done the sensible thing before it got worse.
“We’ll have a look at it over the next day or so but fingers crossed he’ll be OK.”
This is more bad news for a player who has struggled with injury issues recently. Last season, he missed 20 games in all competitions, and this is just his sixth game for his new club since signing earlier this summer for £4.5m.
Was the signing of Roofe worth the risk?
The good news for Gerrard is that he does have other options. Jermain Defoe scored on his return to the action against the Imps, whilst Alfredo Morelos also scored, twice. Cedric Itten may not yet have opened his account, but he will be hungry to do just that this weekend against Hibernian.
Still, everyone at Ibrox will be crossing their fingers that Roofe is not out for too long.
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