Rangers injury update as Michael Beale shares 'disappointing' Kemar Roofe news
Michael Beale has shared that it was “disappointing” to lose Kemar Roofe to injury after Rangers’ 4-0 Scottish League Cup victory over Livingston.
As reported by The Scotsman (27 September), the boss said Roofe’s groin problem will be assessed the day after the clash, with the striker being forced off at halftime for Cyriel Dessers.
The Gers put on an emphatic display at Ibrox to secure their spot in the League Cup semi-final, where they will face Hearts at Hampden Park.
Beale said: “We will know more tomorrow (28 September). To lose Kemar is disappointing and just shows how much strain the team is under at the moment.”
Beale will hope one of his top strikers will not be out for too long, but the Gers have the numbers to put out a decent side even in the 30-year-old’s absence.
Roofe only returned from a season-ending knee injury this summer, so hopefully, this setback proves to be minor. However, the boss could be boosted by the returns of Kieran Dowell and Nicolas Raskin who could come back to the squad for the Gers’ league clash against St Mirren (8 October).
Roofe has had his fair share of injury woes, missing 442 days on the sidelines since the start of the 2021/22 season [Transfermarkt]. While the majority of this time away was due to his recurring knee issues, Rangers fans will be understandably nervous to have the Jamaica international back in the physio room.
Beale has struggled to find his best starting 11 so far this season, with frequent rotations affording Roofe just three league games so far this season, but has proved his worth with a crucial assist in their victory over Real Betis.
The Ibrox faithful will wait anxiously for a fresh update on the forward and hope it’s nothing too serious yet again.
In other Rangers news, the club have held talks with an Ibrox star’s representatives over new contract.