By Saikat Mandal

9th May, 2022 | 7:15am

Van Bronckhorst hopes for Kemar Roofe injury boost ahead of Rangers v Frankfurt

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is hopeful that Rangers striker Kemar Roofe will be fit to play against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final.

Roofe returned to training last week but he wasn’t fit enough to face RB Leipzig in the semi-final.

However, with nine days still remaining for the final in Sevilla, Van Bronckhorst has suggested that the medical staff at the club are doing their best to keep him fit.

“Kemar’s going to work hard to make it,” said Van Bronckhorst, as quoted the Daily Record (9 May, page 44).

“Of course, he didn’t make last Thursday. That means he’s got two weeks to prepare more. All he wants is to be available for those games so he will push himself.

“My medical staff will do everything possible to get him fit. We have to wait and see how it goes but the intentions are there to have him fit.”

Huge boost

It will be a massive boost for the club if Roofe returns to full fitness before the final.

The Gers are already missing Alfredo Morelos through injury, and missing Roofe once again for arguably their biggest game in a decade, would be a crushing blow for the manager.

Joe Aribo is facing a race against time to get fit. Van Bronckhorst will hope all his key players are available ahead of the big game.

There’s still more than a week left and Roofe needs to work hard as well to get physically fit. Without him, Rangers lack a focal point in their attack, and it has crippled them away from home.

Van Bronckhorst will be delighted that Ianis Hagi has returned to training. The Romanian was expected to be out for the rest of the season, but he has made a remarkable recovery.

While he is not expected to start, Van Bronckhorst can still keep him in the squad, and give him some minutes, if he feels the need.

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