An injury expert has said that Ryan Kent may now be out for Glasgow Rangers for two months or longer.
The Lowdown: Kent misses Motherwell
Steven Gerrard confirmed after Kent picked up an injury in their 2-0 UEFA Europa League loss at home to Lyon last Thursday night that he was going to miss their game against Motherwell on the weekend, and was set for a scan.
Should Kent start for Rangers?
The Light Blues manager predicted that he could be out until after the next international break, as the Englishman now hopes to make a speedy recovery.
The Latest: Could be longer
Speaking to Football Insider, Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis, has now said that Kent could be injured for two months or longer if he is rushed back into action too soon:
“What I would say about Ryan and hamstring injuries in general, because of the risks associated with coming back from those types of knocks, you don’t want to push them too hard.
“Being out for three to four weeks can easily turn into eight or potentially even longer.
“The international break provides an opportunity for players to avoid rushing back.
“As always, when talking about the pressures of the game, players want to be back as soon as possible, managers want them back as soon as possible.
“The international break is a buffer zone. It’s an opportunity to forget about playing.
“Let’s just go through the rehab process at a nice pace, we don’t have to rush. We want to make sure the player can go out there in prime condition and stay fit for the rest of the season.”
The Verdict: Big blow
It would certainly be a big blow to the Ibrox faithful if Kent was out for anything close to two months.
The winger was such a key player for the Gers in their title-winning season, scoring no fewer than 13 goals and making a further 15 assists in 52 games in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt), and has transformed himself into one of the first names on the team sheet.
Nonetheless, with a busy set of fixtures coming up until Christmas, Gerrard will need Kent fit and ready to fire, so he absolutely must not be rushed back if there is any risk of aggravating the issue into a two-month ordeal.
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