According to Sweden manager Janne Andersson, Glasgow Rangers defender Filip Helander could miss his country’s clash against Greece on Wednesday due to a fitness issue.
The Lowdown: Helander missed previous match
On Sunday, Sweden played Uzbekistan in a friendly and picked up a 2-1 victory.
However, the £3.15m-valued Helander (Transfermarkt) was not included in the matchday squad, and Andersson has now provided an update on the 28-year-old.
The Latest: Helander struggling
Speaking after the win over Uzbekistan, Andersson provided news on the former Bologna defender, who has been afflicted with an unexplained fitness issue. The 58-year-old said (via Glasgow Live):
“Filip Helander (has) run individually in the gym. Some players have been given an adapted training load and will step up gradually.”
When asked about his availability ahead of Wednesday, the Sweden boss replied:
“It’s too early to say. We can’t take it for granted.”
The Verdict: Worth keeping an eye on
Helander has made five appearances in all competitions for the Gers so far this season (Transfermarkt) and clearly has an important role to play under Steven Gerrard. While the 55-time Scottish champions have a number of centre-back options available, the departures of Nikola Katic and George Edmundson during the transfer window mean they are not quite as well-stocked in that department as before.
Will Rangers beat St. Johnstone?
Of course, there is no confirmation that Helander will be unavailable for Saturday’s clash against St Johnstone, but this is not what Gerrard would have wanted to hear. It remains to be seen whether the Sweden defender is able to play in midweek and, more importantly, at the weekend.
In other news, this Rangers man has been urged to leave Ibrox.
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