Ryan Jack may have handed Steven Gerrard and Rangers an untimely injury blow.
According to a report by The Daily Record, the midfielder has had to withdraw from the Scotland side with a knee injury.
The 27-year-old has some swelling around the knee in question which has not gone down and Steve Clarke has revealed he would not be gambling on him for their encounter against Belgium, whilst he admitted Rangers did not want the risk to be taken either.
“Ryan has gone back to Rangers,” he said, before adding: “He had a little bit of swelling on his knee on Friday and was prepared to sit on the bench. But on Saturday there was more swelling and Rangers decided to go safety first.”
The midfielder has become a huge favourite of Gerrard’s at Ibrox, as his manager has openly praised the 27-year-old on numerous occasions – including one whereby the Liverpool legend admitted he was ‘jealous’ of his performance against NK Osijek last season and another where he felt Jack was one of his better players in a poor overall showing (Daily Record).
Indeed, he has become an integral member for the Light Blues following the manager’s arrival just over a year ago as he appears to be one of the first names on his team sheet.
According to data collected by Transfermarkt, Jack made 46 appearances for the Bears last season, whereby he contributed with four goals and five assists in what was an injury-hit campaign.
The 27-year-old has started this season in fine form as well, having played almost every single minute available as he has already featured 11 times and has found the back of the net once (Transfermarkt).
His importance to the side had recently been noted by Ibrox Noise following their emphatic 6-1 win against Hibernian at the start of the season, as they also revealed they felt the midfielder is ‘such an under-appreciated player’.
It will be an anxious wait for Gerrard and Rangers as the injury to Jack will not have come at an ideal time for the Light Blues as the fixture list is set to get even busier in the coming weeks.
As mentioned, the £1.35m-rated midfielder (Transfermarkt) is a key member of the squad and with games against Livingston (one in the Scottish Premiership and another in the Scottish Cup quarter-final) Feyenoord, St. Johnstone and Aberdeen before the end of September all to come, it could be a huge blow if he were to be absent for a significant period of time.
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