Steven Gerrard has revealed that summer Glasgow Rangers arrival Nnamdi Ofoborh has a heart issue and will be out of action for a while.
The Lowdown: Ofoborh arrives
The Gers completed the signing of Ofoborh from Bournemouth on a pre-contract earlier this year.
The 21-year-old recently joined up with the squad for the first time ahead of the new campaign, but his spell at Ibrox has not got off to the best start.
The Latest: Gerrard provides update
Speaking to Rangers TV following the 55-time Scottish champions’ 2-2 pre-season draw with Arsenal, Gerrard said (via irishexaminer.com):
“I don’t think you’ll see him in the short term.
“Unfortunately something has flagged up with his ECG, which is the heart test.
“We’ve got top medical people here at the club now and we check all the players thoroughly from head to toe when they arrive.
“Unfortunately there’s been a bit of a red flag with a heart issue so he’s going to see some specialists in the coming weeks and we need to do more tests before we move forward.
“It’s disappointing and frustrating but we’ll have to manage and cope.
“The important thing is the player’s health, which we’ll obviously focus on first and foremost.
“Of course it is disappointing and frustrating for the player but I spoke to him yesterday, told him to keep smiling and be patient and we will do everything we can to support him, get him in front of the right people and the right support and hopefully he will be back, not too long.”
The Verdict: Unfortunate
This is very unfortunate for all involved at the club. Ofoborh will have been hoping to make an immediate impact following his switch to Ibrox, but he is now facing a considerable spell on the sidelines as the Gers’ medical staff aim to get to the bottom of the issue. Gerrard will also be disappointed to lose a new signing just weeks after he arrived, as evidenced by his comments on the episode.
Will Ofoborh make an impact at Ibrox?
However, the most important thing is Ofoborh’s health. As we saw with the traumatic incident involving Denmark’s Christian Eriksen at Euro 2020, a major health issue can occur at any moment, so it is vital that no risks are taken with the youngster.
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