Romania head coach Edi Iordanescu has suggested that Rangers attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi could be out for another six months.
The 23-year-old has had surgery on a knee injury that he sustained in the 4-0 win over Stirling Albion last month and it was initially reported that he would be sidelined for the rest of the season. However, Iordanescu claims it could be slightly longer than that:
“I spoke to him twice and he may be unavailable for five to six months. It’s very unfortunate for him. I don’t want to put pressure on him to rush back, but of course, we need our best players for Romania. It’s very unfortunate because Ianis was going through a really good period in his career. He had started to really prove he could do it.”
Six months from today would take us to mid-August, so there is a chance that Hagi may miss the start of next season but, it should be pointed out, that recovery times from serious knee injuries can vary.
Without knowing the ins and out about Hagi’s injury, it is hard to know exactly when he’ll return to full match fitness but he will likely be determined to get back in action as soon as possible.
The Gers did well to find cover for him by signing both Aaron Ramsey and Amad Diallo on loan for the rest of the season so, hopefully, Hagi’s absence won’t be as keenly felt as it might have been.