By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

17th Jun, 2021 | 8:10am

Alex McLeish reacts to latest injury blow for Borna Barisic at EUROs

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Alex McLeish has reacted to the latest injury blow of Rangers defender Borna Barisic while away with Croatia at the EUROs this week.

The left-back was still struggling with his back injury and missed the opening day defeat against England, going for MRI scans after.

It appears as though he could feature at some points of the major tournament, with Barisic having his fingers crossed.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “A back injury was absolute agony, they’re so hard to shake off.

“There is always intensive treatment by the physios, and everybody was really pushing their knuckles into it.

“You have to play through the pain barrier to play with that problem. The worst injury I felt, was the back.”

Big blow.

This could be a real issue for us at Ibrox.

Despite some positive whispers that he could be ready to play some part in the EUROs, it could be triggered at any stage.

One wrong move or heavy collision could lead to a long-term injury, and that would be a real problem for Steven Gerrard.

We don’t want Barisic to be thrown in ahead of schedule for his country, and then miss months of next season.

McLeish is clearly speaking as someone who has gone through this before during his playing career, and it is certainly acting as a stern warning.

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