A number of Rangers fans have been reacting to a concerning injury update from Steven Gerrard on striker Alfredo Morelos.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Premiership clash at home to Ross County [via @RangersFC], the Light Blues manager cast doubt on the possibility of the 23-year-old featuring at Ibrox, revealing that the Colombian has a “small calf problem” and will need to be assessed before a decision is taken on whether he will play tonight.
Gerrard said: “Alfredo has not only been suspended, he’s had a small calf problem as well, so I need to check with the medical staff what the right decision to do with Alfredo is because we obviously don’t want to put him in any risk. It’s good to have him back available in the squad, we’ve got a lot of games coming up so I’ll make the right decision that’s not a risk to the player.” [via @RangersFC]
As noted by the Daily Record, Morelos is again available for selection after serving a three-game suspension for his red card against Celtic last month, but Gerrard is reluctant to take risks with the striker’s fitness. The manager is also contending with injuries to James Tavernier and Ryan Jack, both of whom are set to be sidelined for at least another two weeks (as per Daily Record).
The 23-year-old is Rangers’ leading scorer by far this season, with 28 goals from 35 games, and he bagged a brace in a 4-o win against tonight’s opponents when the teams last met in the Premiership three months ago (as per TransferMarkt). These ‘Gers fans took to Twitter to give their reactions to the injury update on Morelos ahead of the Ibrox clash, with some alarmed by the level of squad depth at the club:
Thanks, day ruined#freealfredo
— Greg (@GregMaclean6) January 29, 2020
He has to enter the market. The forward options are dropping like flies
— Simon (@simon1872) January 29, 2020
I don’t mean to be overly dramatic but our season is falling apart quite quickly here
— M.H. (@MarkHarvey83) January 29, 2020
Potentially turning into a bit of an injury crisis now. Morelos, Tavernier and Jack were three of the five best players we had this season. https://t.co/F0Ibip8eIe
— John (@JG93_) January 29, 2020
If true we need to get another striker in this week. We can’t win this title without Morelos and if he starts getting injuries and possible suspension we are toast.
— DCooper1970 (@Cooper1970D) January 29, 2020
So we now have Morelos , Jack , Tavernier & Stewart all carrying knocks or injuries. We need some players.
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) January 29, 2020
Rangers fans, how worried are you about Gerrard’s update on Morelos’ calf injury? Should it prompt the club to sign another striker before the end of January? Comment below with your views!
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