Scott Arfield has a “significant” ankle harm that’s anticipated to sideline him for the remainder of Rangers’ very important January run, says boss Steven Gerrard.
The midfielder sat out final weekend’s Scottish Premiership win over Celtic after damaging ligaments towards Hibernian on Boxing Day.
He is ready to overlook away video games at Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibs and a house assembly with Ross County.
“It’s an injury you can’t really push,” stated Gerrard.
“Scott’s about to come out of a boot that he’s been in since the injury. He’s progressing well but in the short term Scott will be missing.
“He’s obtained fairly a big harm. We are in all probability 4 to 5 weeks.”
Striker Kemar Roofe will also miss Sunday’s game at Aberdeen after a quad injury forced him off at half-time in the Old Firm victory which sent Rangers 19 points clear at the top.
But midfielder Ryan Jack is nearing a comeback after more than a month out with a persistent knee problem.
“Kemar will not be with us on the weekend,” Gerrard added. “It’s troublesome to place a date on that one simply but however I predict he might miss a few video games.
“There’s better news on Ryan Jack, who has had two or three sessions and is progressing extremely well. If that keeps moving in that direction he should be back with the team in the middle of next week.”
Meanwhile, Gerrard confirmed he’s set to set off Rangers’ possibility to increase Leon Balogun’s one-year deal after the Nigeria defender’s spectacular type since becoming a member of from Wigan Athletic final summer time.
Derby hero Allan McGregor can be getting into the ultimate six months of his deal however Gerrard is joyful to let the goalkeeper – who turns 38 on the finish of the month – resolve his personal future.
“There’s no talks with any of the players at the moment but that doesn’t mean that we’re not keen to keep them,” Gerrard stated.
“Allan’s in fantastic form and we’re really pleased with him. I think Allan’s situation is a bit different than most because of his age.
“It can be a case of what Allan needs to do, so on the proper time I’ll sit down with Allan and have an open dialogue on that one.
“Leon is someone we want to keep hold of. He knows that, he is performing ever so well. He signed a contract with an option of an extension and we want him to be here beyond this season.”