By Mike Slater

31st May, 2021 | 2:05pm

Rangers in contact as Filip Helander reveals consistent injury hell through career

Rangers have been in constant contact with Sweden as they manage the injury of Ibrox defender Filip Helander.

The Bears enforcer has been struggling with a knee injury since the end of April, and missed a large part of the end of last season.

Helander didn’t appear to be too worried, and admitted that he has taken painkillers for the majority of his career due to injury hell.

Speaking on a Swedish podcast, via the Daily Record, Helander shared his optimism of featuring for Sweden at the upcoming EUROs.

“Now I’m actually not worried at all,” he said.

“The physio feels things have gone much better in recent weeks, I have been able to do a lot. I’m very optimistic I’ll make it.

“We have had ongoing communication with the coaching staff about my progress and of course, they have had contact with Rangers as well.

“Very often I have to push myself to play through an injury. I have basically taken tablets before most matches since I was 20.”

Pain.

Despite being optimistic, this doesn’t sound brilliant for the Bears.

Should Helnader feature regularly at the major tournament, he could easily aggravate any of his former problems and miss the start of next season.

Leon Balogun should be ready to feature alongside Conor Goldson, but the big Swede appeared to have cemented that spot at the Scottish Premiership season continued.

Time will tell, but it appears as though if Helander features this summer, he will be doing it through gritted teeth for his country.

Our physio team being in close contact with Sweden doesn’t make for good reading either, with there being a clear worry about his fitness and health.

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