By Adefunmiloye Alani

6th Sep, 2021 | 11:10am

Rangers centre-back Filip Helander picks up injury on international duty

Rangers centre-back Filip Helander has sustained a knock while on international duty with Sweden, missing Sunday’s friendly with Uzbekistan.

The 28-year-old is a huge doubt for their World Cup qualifiers against Greece on Wednesday night, and the Ibrox outfit will be hoping he can be available for weekend’s trip to St. Johnstone.

The defender was the hero as Rangers headed into the break off the back of a 1-0 win over Celtic, and the Old Firm derby goalscorer replicated his form for country, ensuring Sweden secured a 2-1 victory over Spain on Thursday.

Helander could now miss the crucial qualifier against the Greeks, with Sweden manager Janne Andersson telling reporters (via Glasgow Live): “Filip Helander (has) run individually in the gym. Some players have been given an adapted training load and will step up gradually.”

“It’s too early to say. We can’t take it for granted.”

Blow

Helander was in the form of his life as the Swedes secured a hard-fought victory over the Spaniards, combining with Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof to keep the opposition quiet.

Rangers would have been very impressed with his performance against one of the best-attacking teams on the planet, and manager Steven Gerrard would have been hoping to count on him when action resumes this weekend.

However, that may not be likely from the look of things, and Sweden are not likely to be keen to rush him back into action.

The Bears will also be careful not to play him until he is fully fit, and the fact that they could have most of their defenders available for selection ahead of the weekend comes as a boost.

Helander has proven his quality all over again against Celtic and Spain within the last few days, and both club and country can count on him to deliver the goods over the course of their respective campaigns.

In other Rangers news, international manager is wowed by what Bears sensation did on Saturday.