Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Rangers forward Kemar Roofe has picked up a fresh injury blow in the 1-0 win against Celtic on Saturday.
The striker was replaced at the break by Ianis Hagi, something that Gerrard described as a stroke of luck as he wanted to make changes.
Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent struggled in the first half, and that the 27-year-old had picked up a problem in his quadricep.
Speaking on Rangers TV after the clash, Gerrard confirmed that Roofe picked up the problem in the first half at Ibrox.
“It was certainly on our mind, in terms of myself and the coaching staff to make a change, because we weren’t happy with the front three,” he said.
“It was a stroke of luck, really, not luck in terms of the injury, because Kemar has got a niggle in his quad, we’ll have to assess that and hope he’s back fit, but it actually played into our hands.”
Roofe has been a shining star this season, and this could be a massive blow.
Gerrard and the Bears were smart to take off the striker as soon as possible, and his initial assessment doesn’t seem too concerning.
The former Leeds and Anderlecht player has struggled with injury problems throughout his career, and this one has come at the worst possible time on a personal note.
The 27-year-old was performing at his highest level and was chasing down James Tavernier in the goalscoring charts.
Roofe is only one goal behind the skipper, and with important games coming up against the likes of Aberdeen, it is crucial he isn’t ruled out for too long.
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