Rangers will have to make do without midfield star Ryan Jack for “a couple of weeks”, Steven Gerrard has confirmed.
The Premiership leaders welcome Royal Antwerp to Ibrox on Thursday night for the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 match.
In the first leg, the Gers won 4-3 courtesy of a late penalty by Borna Barisic. Gerrard’s men continued their fine form by beating Dundee United 4-1 in the league at Ibrox on Sunday. However that victory came at a cost when Jack, 28, was substituted off in the first half.
Speaking on Wednesday ahead of the second leg showdown with Antwerp, Gerrard shared an injury update on Kemar Roofe, James Tavernier and Jack.
“Nothing has changed on Roofe and Tavernier, we will work closely with our medical team to get them back as soon as possible,” said the Rangers manager, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
“Jack is more positive, not any muscle damage but he is likely to be a couple of weeks but nothing long-term.”
🎙️ SG: Nothing has changed on Roofe and Tavernier, we will work closely with our medical team to get them back as soon as possible.
Jack is more positive, not any muscle damage but he is likely to be a couple of weeks but nothing long-term.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 24, 2021
Huge miss for huge matches
Jack is definitely one of the best players Rangers have. Whenever he doesn’t play, we don’t seem to do as well.
Admittedly, that wasn’t the case against Dundee United on Sunday as the Gers looked poor during his time on the pitch but that could have easily been down to him possibly carrying an injury.
But to be without him against Antwerp on Thursday is a blow. It’s also a major blow going into the next few league games when the Light Blues can confirm the Scottish Premiership title as their own.
If Jack is out for two weeks, that means he will miss the Antwerp game this week, the trip to Livingston next Wednesday and the home game against St Mirren next Saturday.
If we win those matches and Celtic drop any points in their next two league games against Aberdeen and Dundee United, Gerrard’s men might have the title wrapped up.
It would be a shame to do it without Jack but he should be back in time for the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park on March 21.
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