Steven Gerrard has revealed that Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is nearing a return to first team training.
The 27-year-old was withdrawn during the unexpected defeat to Hearts a fortnight ago, and has been out of action ever since.
It has since become known that Jack was suffering with a calf complaint – one of several muscular injuries the Gers have had to contend with in recent weeks.
But the Scottish international is said to be on the mend, with Gerrard providing an update in a press conference on Friday.
As quoted by the Daily Record, he said: “Ryan Jack is still not ready and hopefully, all being well, will return to training soon.
“There are no injury problems from the Hibs game, we go in with the same squad.
“There won’t be wholesale changes for the cup tie, we want to go all the way in this competition.”
How big will Jack’s return be for Rangers?
It’s no exaggeration to suggest that it could be massive for the Gers.
His presence in the centre of the park has been sorely missed in recent weeks, and it’s no coincidence that this stuttering run of form from Gerrard’s men has come at the same time as his spell in the treatment room.
So far this term he has averaged a pass accuracy of 88.9%, as well as winning 6.73 defensive duels per game, as per Wyscout, and any side would struggle to lose such a consistent and efficient player in the engine room.
Hopefully now, when he does make his return to first team action, he can help to steady this slight wobble that the Bears have struggled with in recent weeks, and we can get this title challenge back on track.
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