Rangers manager Michael Beale has dropped an injury update regarding Ridvan Yilmaz.
The Lowdown: Yilmaz’s injury blow
The full-back has been out of action since October after he was forced off the pitch in the early stages of Rangers’ 4-1 league win over Aberdeen.
Prior to that, Yilmaz had only appeared in two league games for the Ibrox club.
Now that the domestic campaign has restarted, Beale has issued an update regarding the defender and his injury status.
The Latest: Beale’s update
Speaking to the media (via Football.Scotland), Beale had this to say about Yilmaz’s injury and his recovery, saying he could be missing for another six weeks.
He said: “It was a very bad hamstring. It was diagnosed at 12 weeks and we’re six or seven into that. It’s not ideal obviously with Borna [Barisic] going away. He gets to a World Cup semi final, so well done to him and [Josip] Juranovic.”
The Verdict: A concern for Beale
Having only started five of the seven games he’s appeared in this season, this suggests that the 21-year-old was not at the top of the pecking order while previous Rangers manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, was in charge.
Regardless of that, with the 21-year-old still some weeks away from making a return to action, this will still be a blow for Beale bearing in mind how Borna Barisic is the only other left-back in his senior squad.
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However, with Barisic only making one appearance for Croatia during the World Cup, fatigue may not be an issue for him in terms of getting back into action with Rangers.
With that in mind, if the club can get the 30-year-old back in the team and keep his fitness up, this should ease the pressure off in terms of having Yilmaz out for the next few weeks.
Moving forward, it’s safe to say that Beale and everyone at Ibrox will be hoping that the Turkish full-back can make a swift recovery and make himself available as soon as possible.