Rangers manager Steven Gerrard fears that Jamie Murphy will be unable to start a game for the remainder of 2019, according to a report from Football Insider.
The 30-year-old winger has been out of action since August 2018 with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and is struggling to return to full fitness.
According to sources at Ibrox, there are concerns about his recovery, with the staff at Rangers not convinced that he could make an impact on the first team in his current state. That would explain why he has not been included in any matchday squads since making the bench against East Fife in the Scottish League Cup.
Their medical team are monitoring his workload carefully as they look to help him get back to 100%, but the chances of him starting any matches for the first team before Christmas appear low.
It was thought that the Scotland international would be sent out on loan (per the Scottish Sun) in order to sharpen up, however he decided to stay with the Ibrox club and train hard to try and get back into peak physical condition.
Once Murphy does get fit, he faces a tough task getting back into the starting line-up. In the time he has been out the club have made the high profile signing of fellow winger Ryan Kent, whilst the likes of Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield are also capable of playing out wide.
Indeed, the Light Blues are averaging 3.50 goals per match so far this season (per Footy Stats), so it’s not as if they are struggling for firepower as it is.
The former Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion man will need to rediscover his best form if he is to force his way into Gerrard’s plans. Clearly, he is certainly a capable player on his day and does have an excellent record at Rangers with six goals and 13 assists in just 27 appearances but this must be a major worry considering the money spent to bring him to Scotland from the South Coast of England.
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