By Pranav Shahaney

15th Sep, 2021 | 8:10pm

Steven Gerrard: Filip Helander out for few months

Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Filip Helander will be ruled out of Rangers action for at least a few months.

In his press conference ahead of the Lyon game, Gerrard stated that he is still to speak with the defender and check on how he’s doing physically and mentally.

The 28-year-old has played in three league games this season and has been a regular starter for Gerrard when fit.

Speaking about his injury, Gerrard said, via the club’s Twitter handle, “I’ve not had a chance to speak to Fil (Helander) post-surgery but I will do asap to see how he is mentally & physically.

“It is difficult to put a time on his return for now but will be at least a few months.”

Big blow

Helander’s injury has come at the wrong time for Rangers, given how they’re starting their European campaign on Thursday against Lyon.

Games come thick and fast when there are European commitments and Gerrard would’ve wanted his side to be at full strength for at least the next few weeks.

However, he will now have to deal with what he has, given Helander’s rather long-term injury absence.

This could see someone like Calvin Bassey get more minutes, which would do wonders for his development.

Hopefully, Helander’s absence doesn’t cause the team to spiral out of form as we’ve often seen one major injury disrupt the mood inside the dressing room.

The onus is on Gerrard to keep the spirits high and ensure Gers continue to churn out wins and get closer to the title while also progressing to the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

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