By Mike Slater

12th Oct, 2021 | 9:30am

Filip Helander expected to be out until December with Rangers injury

Rangers defender Filip Helander is expected to remain sidelined until December at Ibrox, according to Jordan Campbell.

The Athletic journalist shared the latest on the enforcer as the Bears were hit with another defensive injury concern in Leon Balogun.

Thankfully, the Nigerian should be fine but the same can’t be said for Helander who will be out for another two months.

Writing for the Athletic on Tuesday, Campbell shared the latest timescale on the injury of the Swede colossus.

“Balogun has excelled for Rangers since Filip Helander suffered a knee injury last month that is expected to keep him on the sidelines until at least December and has had to play every minute since,” he wrote.

“With Nikola Katic on a season-long loan at Hajduk Split, for whom he scored his first goal in a friendly last week, this all leaves Jack Simpson as Rangers’ only other recognised centre-back.”

Ibrox Injury Scare.

We know Haloween is on the horizon, but with every bump, knock and scratch in the defence, the more worry there is.

Helander is one defender we can rule out for the long-term, and we should be able to cope as long as there aren’t any other knocks.

When you filter in Balogun’s knock over this break, and Goldson being forced out already through COVID-19 and injury on two occasions, things aren’t looking great.

Every single time this happens, the case grows for Calvin Bassey to become a makeshift centre-half alongside his familiar left-back – it is a role he has played before but won’t have expected.

Steven Gerrard knows he can’t afford many more defensive injuries between now and December, or there could be more trouble on the horizon.

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