Rangers fans have been handed an ominous Tom Lawrence injury update as Michael Beale confirms the Welsh international has suffered yet another setback in his recovery.

The summer signing from Derby County, 29, impressed after swapping Pride Park for Ibrox Stadium but hasn’t been seen since the 4-0 win over Ross County in August due to the problem.

Addressing supporters ahead of the Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock, Michael Beale claims there is not date set for a Tom Lawrence return in a worrying injury update which will keep fans guessing.

The midfielder has been to see another specialist about the problem and the Rangers manager was tellingly vague regarding the outcome of this meeting.

“He had a slight setback and he went away to get an opinion,” said Michael Beale [Rangers].

“The opinion is ‘okay let’s see how things are going’.

“Some things he can do at this stage that someone that had that injury problem probably shouldn’t be able to do. And he’s had a bit of discomfort at times in areas that he shouldn’t.

“It’s slowly does it at the moment and there’s not really much more to say than that. He is still not back with the group and we are just going to assess as we go how he feels and whether he can then start working with the group which will see a quick return or it doesn’t go to plan and we have to look at an alternative.”

Tom Lawrence injury one of several at Rangers

Rangers fans will be bitterly disappointed to hear the Tom Lawrence injury update but the Welshman is just one of several players out as the club continues to be impacted by a woeful injury record this season.

Updating supporters ahead of the clash with Derek McInnes’ side, Rangers manager Michael Beale confirmed that the length of the Kemar Roofe injury sustained v Aberdeen was – like Tom Lawrence – unspecified.

The Kilmarnock match will also come too soon for Antonio Colak with Rangers still without long-term absentees John Souttar, Ianis Hagi, Ridvan Yilmaz, Filip Helander and Steven Davis for the match.

Rangers boss Beale addressed the situation ahead of the game and believes that the upheaval over the last 18 months between fitness staff has had a big role to play.

“There’s been a lot of change in terms of coaching staff, fitness staff and medial staff in the last 18 months,” said Beale.

“That’s not ideal because people don’t know their bodies. It’s like going to a different doctors.

“Over time we need to have some continuity in that. There’s other injuries you can’t do anything about.

“The Kemar Roofe one is just one of those things that you can’t do anything about.

“It’s been a bit of both in terms of a lot of change around the players and then the demands.

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“Some players are not fit. Others are playing more than you would like. And it leads to injuries.

“At this moment in time, it’s just about playing the game that is in front of you because you don’t know what’s coming tomorrow. Play that game that’s in front of you.

“Don’t worry about resting him and him and him. Just play the game that is front of you and deal with it the next day. Five subs is certainly helping. It’s probably helping more than people realise.”

With Tom Lawrence sidelined by injury, Rangers will be hoping to continue their fine form under Michael Beale with the club winning all but one game – the 2-2 draw with Celtic – since the coach replaced Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Ibrox manager has also been talking about fresh blood coming into the club.

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