Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Gers defender Filip Helander will be out for at least another month with a foot injury.
The Sweden international hasn’t been seen since he went off against Celtic in the Betfred Cup final in December.
Now, Gerrard has revealed that the 26-year-old is unlikely to return to first team action until March.
“Helander, hopefully, will return in around 4 to 5 weeks,” he said, as per the Daily Record.”
The Liverpudlian had previously described the injury as a particularly unusual one: “Filip won’t be seen again until after the winter break. It’s a foot issue. I’m not a doctor but I’m told it’s a unique injury.
“The doctor told me that in his 25-year experience in medicine, he had only seen this issue on a couple of occasions. It’s a difficult one to put an exact date on the time he will be out.”
However, Gerrard has now seemingly zeroed in on March as the date when the big centre half will finally return to action.
How big of an issue is this for Rangers?
It’s frustrating to not have that quality strength in depth at the heart of the defence, even if Gerrard’s time have coped admirably with Helander’s absence thus far.
Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic have obviously been leaned on extensively, but the problem is that there’s not a whole lot of depth behind them.
The Gers boss will obviously be hoping that that duo stay fully fit and at top form for at least the next month, because he doesn’t have many options other than them at centre back at this moment in time.
Obviously that’s not ideal when you’re in a Scottish Premiership title race, but Helander clearly has something of a strange injury problem.
You can’t really legislate for that, obviously, and so all Gerrard can do is hope that Goldson and Katic continue to stay fit and perform well moving forward.
In other Rangers news, three young players have had loan exits from Ibrox confirmed by the club.