Ross McCrorie looks to have suffered another setback in his turbulent season out on loan at Portsmouth.
The Rangers midfielder is currently plying his trade in League One for Pompey, but has been in and out of the side due to injury and suspension.
And his campaign took another turn for the worse when he was forced out of Saturday’s clash with Ipswich Town after 42 minutes because of a suspected hamstring injury.
While there is not a specific timeframe or prognosis on that complaint, Pompey manager Kenny Jackett has backed the 21-year-old to turn things around down on the south coast.
Speaking to Portsmouth News, he said: “It is frustration for Ross, he again showed 30-40 minutes of talent and has missed out.
“We have to be patient with him, there is definitely a player there.
“He has felt his hamstring slightly, which is a frustration because he had a bright half-an-hour.
“It seems to be the same hamstring he has done before, but wasn’t as bad, he was talking about carrying on, which isn’t the best thing to do. We took him off and are hoping it’s not too bad.”
Another absence is just about the last thing the youngster needs, and it’s irritating for both him and his parent club because he has shown enough to suggest that were he to get a decent run in the side, he could really kick on and develop this term.
So far this season he has averaged 1.8 successful dribbles per game, as per Whoscored, and has been dribbled past himself just 0.9 times per match.
As Jackett says, there is a player in there, and one capable of running the centre of a park with ease, but he’s only ever going to reach the level required of him to come back to Ibrox and force his way into the first team on a regular basis if he can keep himself on the pitch and out of the treatment room.