Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has provided a fresh injury update on Ryan Kent…
The 41-year-old has confirmed that the winger was forced off with a hamstring injury in the second half of the 2-0 defeat to Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday.
The 24-year-old was substituted in the 70th minute and Gerrard has confirmed that the player will now have a scan on his hamstring to determine how long he will be out for.
The manager told Rangers TV, via Rangers News: “We’ll have to assess it. He’ll be sent for a scan in the next 24 hours, there’s a hamstring complaint but obviously we won’t know the extent of that but that’s another frustrating part of the night.
“But we’ve got a good medical team so hopefully we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”
Rangers fans will be gutted by this news as hamstring injuries can range from three weeks out to three months, depending on the severity of the tear. They are still awaiting the results of the scan, though, and it may be a case of Kent feeling tightness rather than an injury caused by a tear, which would not be as much of a cause for concern going forward.
Gers fans will nonetheless be gutted by the blow as it appears that there is the potential for him to now miss a few matches with the injury. He is a key figure for the club and a player who can excite fans with his direct style of play, as he likes to get the ball down and run at his man, creating chances for himself and teammates.
Ex-Rangers man Kris Boyd once called the 24-year-old “phenomenal” and praised the way he dribbles with the ball.
He said: “There’s Ryan Kent who is phenomenal – he gets you off your seat. His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat. He is so comfortable with the ball – it is like has superglue in his boots!”
Kent’s statistics in the Premiership last season also highlight his quality. He produced 10 goals and nine assists as Rangers won the title, creating 1.8 chances and completing 1.9 dribbles per game from the left wing. This shows that he is able to score and create goals for the team, which is why Gers fans will be gutted by his latest injury as his ability in the final third will be missed, whether he’s out for three weeks or three months.
Hopefully the scan will come back all-clear and there are no lasting effects on Kent’s hamstring from the match against Lyon. At this moment in time, though, Rangers fans will surely be concerned about his situation until they hear a definitive verdict on the severity of the injury.