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Rangers: Jermain Defoe injures hamstring

Rangers: Jermain Defoe injures hamstring - Rangers News

Jermain Defoe picked up a hamstring injury during the first half of Glasgow Rangers’ pre-season clash with Arsenal this weekend and is a doubt for the start of the Gers’ Champions League campaign.

The Lowdown: Gers face striker issue

The Gers’ Champions League third qualifying round clash is just a couple of weeks away, yet Steven Gerrard is facing a major problem with his strikers.

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Kemar Roofe is ruled out as he is serving a four-game ban (Sky Sports), while both Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala are unlikely to be match fit after joining pre-season training late.

The Latest: Defoe injured

The Gers are now also facing an issue in regards to Defoe.

The former England international started the Gers’ clash with Arsenal on Saturday but was forced off in the first half as he struggled with a problem. It has now become apparent that he has a hamstring injury (via Glasgow Live).

The Verdict: Crushing news

On a number of levels, this will come as hugely disappointing news for Gerrard and his staff. Defoe has done well during his time at Ibrox, scoring 32 goals in 72 games (Transfermarkt), so his quality will be missed. Indeed, it is his Champions League experience that Gerrard could miss the most – he is one of just three players in the Gers squad to have played at that level, Allan McGregor and Steven Davis the others.

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With the issues involving the other strikers at Rangers, it could mean that Cedric Itten is asked to lead the line. He failed to make the desired impact last season, scoring just six times in 38 games, but two goals in the Gers’ three pre-season matches so far would indicate that he may be finding some timely form.

Given the centre-forward crisis, Gerrard will need the Switzerland international at his best no matter who the Gers are drawn against in the Champions League qualifiers on Monday.

In other news, many Rangers fans were fuming over this club tweet.


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