Rangers correspondent for The Athletic Jordan Campbell gave an immediate reaction as central defender Filip Helander was forced off in the first half against St.Mirren.
The lowdown: Another absence beckons
The 28-year-old has endured a wretched time with injuries since arriving in Scotland from Serie A side Bologna in 2019 for a reported £3.5million (BBC).
After missing 22 matches in 2019/20 with a foot problem, the fully-fledged Sweden international has already been absent for 32 fixtures this term following knee surgery.
Now it appears that the towering centre-back could be facing another spell on the sidelines…
The latest: Campbell concerned
Helander was left floored following a battle with Eamonn Brophy and was replaced before half-time by 18-year-old Leon King as Giovanni van Bronckhorst was forced to reshuffle the pack once more – John Lundtram went off earlier in the half with a suspected groin issue.
The Gers now face the prospect of being without Ianis Hagi, Ryan Jack, Alfredo Morelos, Lundstrum and Helander for the Scottish Cup semi-final showdown at Hampden Park against Celtic.
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The verdict: Huge blow
Issues are well and truly mounting up now for Rangers and yet another problem for the Swedish defender has come at the worst possible time with a must-win Europa League second leg clash with Braga on the horizon.
Branded a ‘leader’ following a string of impressive early displays at Ibrox, losing the powerful defender, who has made 3 clearances, one tackle and 3.2 aerial duels per game (Sofascore), is a big blow to Van Bronckhorst’s plans.
Should the Swede indeed face a prolonged spell in the treatment room at Murray Park, the Dutch boss may turn to Leon Balogun or the lesser-seen Jack Simpson to partner Connor Goldson.
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