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Rangers: Filip Helander pulls out of Sweden squad

Rangers: Filip Helander pulls out of Sweden squad - Rangers News

Glasgow Rangers defender Filip Helander has pulled out of the Sweden squad due to injury.

The 27-year-old was called up for the Blagults’ upcoming matches versus Russia, Croatia and Portugal this week.

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However, he has pulled out of the squad, with Sweden boss Janne Anderson confirming he has a ‘light injury‘.

This is undeniably a blow to Steven Gerrard. Helander has been fantastic this season at the heart of the 54-time Scottish champions’ defence – they have conceded just four goals in the nine matches in which he has played. With Nikola Katic out injured, a long-term spell on the sidelines would leave Rangers with just three central defensive options.

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In the short-term, it could be even worse. The Light Blues’ next game after the international break is against none other than fierce city rivals Celtic. It is a match that could decide whether they really can challenge for the title this term and Gerrard will surely want all of his options available. Whilst Leon Balogun is a more than worthy back-up, Gerrard will not want to be forced into a major team selection call ahead of the clash.

With Anderson saying this is just a light injury, Gerrard and co will be hoping the issue is nothing too serious.

‘Gers fans, how big a loss would Helander be if he misses the upcoming derby? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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