Steven Gerrard’s side have been hit by a huge injury blow ahead of Glasgow Rangers’ Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon.
Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield still has yet to make a first-team appearance for the 54-time Scottish champions in 2021 since he suffered an injury against Hibernian on Boxing Day.
And their initial fears have been confirmed for the worse after Gerrard revealed Arfield will now miss Sunday’s game at Aberdeen as he faces up to five weeks out.
“It’s an injury you can’t really push,” Gerrard said.
“Scott’s about to come out of a boot that he’s been in since the injury. He’s progressing well but in the short term, Scott will be missing.
“He’s got quite a significant injury. We are probably looking at four to five weeks.”
Rangers will also be without striker Kemar Roofe at the weekend after he was forced off at half-time in the Old Firm victory over Celtic.
And Gerrard confirmed that Ryan Jack won’t be available for the Premiership encounter on Sunday either. While he’s making progress, the club are unwilling to take any risks, as he has yet to feature for the Gers since the 4-0 thrashing of his former club Aberdeen at Ibrox in November.
The ever-reliable Arfield has barely missed a beat ever since the Englishman first took charge of the Govan-based Glaswegian giants, making more appearances across all competitions than any other outfield player, with only Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier earning more minutes.
Rangers manager Gerrard lavished praise on the 32-year-old after he scored a dramatic winner against Standard Liege in the Europa League. He told BT Sport, as quoted by The Scottish Sun: “If you play like Scott Arfield and perform like he does on a daily basis and put in what Scott puts in, you’ll stay in the team.
“Of course, we’re going to have to look after him at certain times. But Scott’s in on merit – don’t let anyone tell you anything different.”
The former Canada international has provided seven goals and five assists in 31 games, via Transfermarkt.
Whilst his form had somewhat tailed off in recent weeks prior to the injury, there’s no doubt the absence of Arfield will be a big blow for Gerrard ahead of the trip to Pittodrie to take on the Dons, and for the remaining few weeks that he will now miss.