Rangers captain James Tavernier is unlikely to return to full fitness anytime soon, according to manager Steven Gerrard.
The fullback sustained a knee injury in the 4-3 win over Royal Antwerp in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie last month. He has now missed the last three games and Gerrard says no date has been set for his comeback:
“James’ recovery has been slower than we wanted. It’s difficult to put a date on his return. He hasn’t had a setback, it’s one of those injuries where you have to be patient. Sometimes you just have to let them take their course. In an ideal world, he’ll have a positive week this week and get some good news – because if anyone deserves to be around when the team gets over the line, it’s James Tavernier.”
It would be a massive shame if Tavernier isn’t around for the run-in. The 29-year-old has been integral to the team’s title challenge and, as Gerrard says, he deserves to be participating as the Light Blues close in on title number 55.
With a Europa League tie against Slavia Prague also coming up later this month, the fullback will be missed massively if he isn’t available for those games.
Tavernier has contributed hugely with his goals and assists in all competitions this campaign, but his absence will also be keenly felt due to the leadership he provides.