Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Felix Helander could be out for a while after picking up a foot injury in the Betfred Cup final last weekend.
The Swedish international limped off six minutes before the end of the 1-0 defeat to Celtic, and asked about the defender at his pre-match press conference yesterday, Gerrard revealed that he had undergone scans and the results weren’t promising:
“Specialists are looking at Filip’s scans and he certainly won’t be available in the short term. The initial reports aren’t fantastic but we should know more after the game.”
Gerrard suggests that Helander won’t be available until the New Year, with the Swede probably only likely to return following the mid-winter break.
There is, though, more promising news on midfielder Steven Davis. The 34-year-old was unable to play on Sunday due to a foot injury, and he will also sit out the Europa League game against Young Boys this evening.
However, Gerrard is optimistic that the Northern Ireland international will be back in contention when the Gers face Motherwell at Fir Park this weekend.
Jordan Jones is also close to making his comeback after playing for Rangers’ development squad in a 4-0 win over Brentford reserves on Monday. The 25-year-old has missed the last three months with a knee injury.