Steven Gerrard has revealed Rangers will be without Scott Arfield for their remaining four games in January – and could miss Kemar Roofe for key games as well.
Arfield picked up an ankle injury against Hibs on Boxing Day that led to him missing the Old Firm derby but the league leaders were unsure how serious his injury was.
The midfielder, who has been a key player as Rangers have opened up a 19-point lead in the Premiership, is now likely to miss the rest of the month at least with a “significant” injury.
“Scott is about to come out of a boot that he’s been in since the injury,” Gerrard said.
“He’s got an ankle ligament injury, which is quite a significant injury. He’s progressing well but it’s about moving the rehab forward now, but in the short term Scott will be missing.
“It is difficult to put a date on. What I would say is that knowing Scott, and if he keeps progressing as he has, you are looking at probably the end of the month all being well.
“It’s an injury that you can’t really rush and push, as much as you want to. So we are probably looking at four to five weeks for this type of injury. He has been out for a couple already so you are looking at probably the end of January, the beginning of February. We will look to see how that plays out.”
There was positive news for Rangers with Ryan Jack expected back in full training next week but a further blow with Kemar Roofe missing the Aberdeen match this weekend and likely to spend longer on the sidelines with a quad complaint.
“Kemar won’t be with us at the weekend,” he said. “It’s difficult to put a date on that one just yet but I predict he could miss a couple of games.
“There’s better news on Ryan Jack, who has been outside and had two or three sessions and is progressing extremely well.
“If that keeps moving in that direction he should be back with the team sometime in the middle of next week.”
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