Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Glasgow Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is already back in full training, with him having no negative reaction as a result.
Jack is a hugely important member of Gerrard’s squad, with him starting each of the first seven Premiership matches of the season. However, against Dundee United, he was forced off after just 11 minutes due to a calf injury. Gerrard confirmed soon after the match that he would be out for a few weeks.
However, the former Aberdeen man was included in Steve Clarke’s upcoming Scotland squad, and ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Galatasaray, Gerrard has revealed that the 28-year-old is already back training with the full squad. He told Rangers TV:
“Ryan Jack was back in full training yesterday and we managed that session, but he will train fully this morning as he has had no reaction.”
He did not confirm whether he would be included in the side at Ibrox, but this update gives him a fighting chance of being in contention.
This is fantastic for Gerrard and his players. It is surely no coincidence that the two league matches in which Jack has not appeared, the Gers have conceded three goals – before that, they had not conceded in seven, breaking a 114-year Scottish record in doing so.
Should Ryan Jack be involved against Galatasaray?
However, Gerrard must be careful not to return him too quickly to the fray. He has the likes of Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield and Steven Davis available to him, who all have the necessary experience to get the job done without the £1.53m-valued man – as per Transfermarkt. The Galatasaray clash is a huge game, but with international football plus a clash against fierce city rivals Celtic to come in the next few weeks, it is perhaps too much of a risk to play Jack too soon.
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