Rangers forward Kemar Roofe shares hyperbaric chamber photo amid crucial injury recovery
Rangers forward Kemar Roofe has shared the lengths he is going to in an attempt to be fit for key games before the end of the season.
The Jamaican international was unexpectedly ruled out for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig tomorrow (28 April), and the league clash with Celtic (1 May), with an injury picked up in the cup win over the same opponents.
With Alfredo Morelos already done for the rest of the season Gers turned to Fashion Sakala for the win at Motherwell, but Roofe is in a race against time to be fit for the European second leg.
The striker posted a photo on his Instagram page of himself lying in a hyperbaric chamber along with the caption: “Trying to find another 1%”.
Such treatment is designed to facilitate oxygen-rich plasma flooding to damaged areas in order to speed up healing, with patients breathing in pure oxygen at higher air pressure levels than normal, according to Johns Hopkins.
Roofe had stepped up to fill the void left by El Bufalo admirably in the games preceding his injury.
When the Colombian was ruled out after undergoing thigh surgery there were fears that the Light Blues’ season would go with him.
But after an adjustment his replacement netted a hat-trick at St Mirren and took that form into the second-leg against Braga, where he won a penalty and scored the winner in extra time.
An assist for Scott Arfield to bring Gers level in the Old Firm clash at Hampden followed, but with the club now in touching distance of two trophies his injury came along at the worst time.
The hope is that the knee issue is clear in time for the return leg against Leipzig, with Welsh loan star Aaron Ramsey penciled in for the same.
Bears forwards are producing like Russian dolls at the moment, with Sakala having a major hand in the winner in the cup semi after replacing Roofe, then providing an assist for Scott Wright and winning a penalty in the win at Motherwell at the weekend.
But with key games on the horizon Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs as many weapons at his disposal as possible, so the return from injury is vital, and he looks to be doing whatever he can to make it sooner rather than later.
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