Royal Antwerp will be without first-choice goalkeeper Jean Butez when they meet Rangers in the last 32 of the Europa League.

As reported by the Glasgow Times, Butez suffered ankle ligament damage in training, just days after Frank Vercauteren was announced as the club’s new manager.

It is claimed that the goalkeeper will now be sidelined for roughly three months as he begins his recovery.

The Europa League returns in the middle of February, with Rangers travelling to Belgium for the first leg.


Yet more change in Antwerp

We are not ones to celebrate seeing a player injured here at Ibrox News, but what this update does mean for Rangers is yet more upheaval at Antwerp.

Their new manager is just days into his new role and he has lost one of his key players to an unfortunate injury.

With the game not happening until the middle of February, the Belgian side do have time on their hands as they look to prepare for the meeting with the Premiership leaders, but it is still far from ideal preparation.

Butez will leave a big hole in the Antwerp side. The Frenchman has impressed in the Europa League this season, conceding just three times in the competition so far, a run which included a 1-0 victory against Premier League side Tottenham.

Antwerp will certainly feel the impact of not having Butez in the team. He has started in 18 of their 19 league games this season.

Back-up goalkeeper Alireza Safar Beiranvand has been limited to just two appearances in all competitions this season and now faces a run in the side under Vercauteren.

In other Rangers news, ‘Crisis’ – Many Rangers fans gutted as they learn about fresh injury to key Gers man


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