Steven Gerrard has confirmed that new Rangers forward Kemar Roofe missed the 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Sunday due to a calf injury.
Roofe, 27, scored in the 4-0 win against Dundee United last week but was nowhere to be seen in the matchday squad at Easter Road this weekend, leading to concerns that the former Leeds man had suffered a setback.
Speaking after the draw versus Hibs, Gerrard confirmed that would the case and that Roofe is set for a short-term spell on the sidelines.
“He’s been sent for a scan. We originally thought it might have been a bit of tightness in his calf. He thought it was tightness,” said Gerrard, as quoted by GlasgowLive.
“On assessment, it was looking that way, but something showed up so he’s going to be missing in the short-term.”
This is something we were all told about Roofe before he joined Rangers from Anderlecht last month.
In his one and only season in Belgium, the 27-year-old played just 13 league matches due to ankle and calf injuries while in his final year at Leeds he also spent time on the sidelines due to an issue with his calf [transfermarkt].
It’s something that is likely to plague Roofe on a regular basis during his time at Ibrox and potentially the rest of his career but it’s never led to him spending a huge amount of time unavailable.
Rangers have three more matches to play before the next international break when they take on Willem II in the Europa League, Motherwell and Ross County.
You would imagine they’re winnable matches without Roofe but the first match after the international break is a huge Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.
Hopefully, the former West Brom attacker is back and available in time for that match and based on Gerrard’s quotes, he should be.
But Rangers do still have plenty of attacking options in their team and as seen at Hibernian this Sunday, they can score goals without him with Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield both getting on the scoresheet.
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