Steven Gerrard is confident about Kemar Roofe returning to the Rangers squad soon and believes he has players ready to take his place in the side.
The Gers boss suggests Roofe is expected to be back fit in two to three weeks after sustaining a calf injury against Royal Antwerp on Thursday.
It is a recurrence of the issue which troubled the forward for much of January.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Gerrard said, “We’re more than happy and satisfied that Kemar [Roofe] will recover from this injury and get back in two or three weeks.
“In Kemar’s situation we’ve got big numbers on the top end of the pitch. We’ve got Scott Wright raring to go, he’s ready.”
Strength in depth
As much as it is frustrating that Roofe has received an injury setback so soon, we share Gerrard’s faith in our other options.
The £35,000 a week star was forced off the pitch on Thursday and his replacement Ryan Kent played a huge hand in our comeback.
He scored a brilliant goal and could have grabbed a second, while Joe Aribo on the right-flank was also highly influential with a SofaScore rating of 7.1.
Fortunately we carry a lead and four away goals into the return leg next week, so once again we should not miss Roofe too much.
If Stevie G decides to rest the key players from mid-week we may see Wright start for the first time against Dundee United, while Ianis Hagi could also feature.
That excites us, and shows just how many options we have on the wing.
Perhaps most importantly, Alfredo Morelos is back from suspension, so we should cope well in Roofe’s absence.
When he does return it is important he is eased back in slowly, in order to avoid a repeat of what happened in Belgium.
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