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Glasgow Rangers: Antonio Colak suffers injury setback

An update has emerged on the fitness of Glasgow Rangers centre-forward Antonio Colak after the club’s 2-1 win against Aberdeen on Sunday in the League Cup…

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Speaking to BBC Sport Scotland, via journalist Joshua Barrie, Light Blues manager Michael Beale has revealed that the Croatian international is set for another spell on the sidelines.

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He said: “We thought he was back, he’s had another slight problem. It’s not a big one, he’ll be out for a week to 10 days.”

The English head coach also offered an update on Kemar Roofe after the striker came off with an elbow injury in the semi-final victory, saying: “We’ll have an x-ray on that tomorrow. It’s not a dislocation so we’re hoping it’s just a bad landing and it’s just a sore one.

“With Antonio Colak out – he’s our top scorer – and now Kemar struggling and he was our top scorer when we won the league, the group deserve great credit to continue to win under pressure every three or four days.”

Frustration for Beale

Whilst losing Roofe, who scored the winner on Sunday, is a blow for the Light Blues, Colak suffering an injury setback that could keep him out of a number of matches should leave the manager feeling frustrated.

If the Croatian forward is out of training for 10 days then he will miss games against Kilmarnock, in the Premiership, and St Johnstone, in the Scottish Cup, before returning shortly before a game against the latter side in the Scottish top-flight, which could also limit his involvement in that clash.

His continued absence is a blow for the Gers as the gem has been terrific since arriving at Ibrox from Greek giants PAOK last summer and is the side’s main source of goals.

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The gem has scored four more Premiership goals than any other Rangers player and six more than any other striker at the club with 11 strikes in 15 outings.

Colak was also crucial to the team’s qualification for the group stages of the Champions League as he struck three times in four appearances in the qualifying rounds.

In the Premiership, the 29-year-old has averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.30 – the third-highest in the squad – and this shows that the dynamo has consistently delivered top-quality performances throughout the season so far.

Therefore, Beale should be frustrated by this latest setback for the striker as Colak has the ability to be an important player for the new head coach, which is why the manager should be desperate to get him back fit and playing regularly.