Steven Gerrard has provided an update on Rangers centre-back Filip Helander following his injury against St Johnstone.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that Filip Helander’s injury is a concerning one after he was stretchered off against St Johnstone on Saturday, although he does not know the full extent of the blow at this moment in time.
“I’m concerned. He’s with the doctors now. He’s got ice on it and is bandaged up. It doesn’t look good.
“But until we scan it and assess it in the next 24-48 hours time, we’re not too sure.”
Gerrard will surely be gutted by Helander’s injury as it could be a major blow to the club in the short term, with a Europa League clash coming up against Lyon on Thursday.
Whilst there is no definitive timeline on his injury, the fact that he was stretchered off with a knee injury and that the manager said that “it doesn’t look good” are not signs which suggest he’ll be back in action any time soon.
Therefore, the reality of the situation is that Rangers could now be without Helander for an extended period of time, which will weaken the club in the Europa League and the Scottish Premiership.
The Swedish international has proven himself to be a solid defender for the Gers in recent years, particularly impressing in the 2020/21 campaign.
Last season, Helander averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.10 in 22 appearances. He won an eye-catching 68% of his duels over the entire campaign, whilst helping Rangers keep 13 clean sheets in his 22 games.
“I think he has shown great leadership. He had a little bit of an ankle issue before the international break and never played for Sweden.
“I decided to go with Katic at Hearts for the real physicality of Ikpeazu and then use Fil’s experience and leadership away to Porto, which I knew was going to be more of a technical game. One that needed experience.”
This is why the ex-Liverpool midfielder will be gutted that he could now be without the 28-year-old for the foreseeable future. He looks set to lose a quality, proven, option at centre-back and will now need other players to step up and show that they can produce equally solid displays in defence.