It never rains but it pours at Rangers and as Michael Beale tried to spin some positive injury news, a later update on Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe is a bitterly sad one to take.
The Gers’ campaign has been derailed by several high-profile injuries as several high-earning senior stars fail to make a proper impact on the season.
But whilst the news of imminent returns for John Souttar and Ridvan Yilmaz are positive, those soundbites are heavily subdued by the injury update on Kemar Roofe and Tom Lawrence.
Both have missed the overwhelming bulk of the campaign, both are good, talented, senior players, and both are also occupying vital areas of the squad on high wages.
How different this season might’ve been had Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe been available, but as it so happens the injury situation is bleak for the pair and threatens to rumble into the next campaign.
Kemar Roofe is off to see a specialist again, whilst Tom Lawrence won’t be ready until the back-end of the summer.
Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe Rangers injury woes deepen
“Tom Lawrence has had another operation and won’t be available until the back end of pre-season,” said Michael Beale [Herald].
“Kemar tried to train on Saturday but it was no good. Unfortunately with Kemar he’s going through a tough time at the moment and he will be away to see someone as we need to get to the end of this.
“He has a problem with his calf but there are one or two other things that could be leading to that that have been nagging. Me and him have had a real heart to heart.
“He’s a boy that I’m really close to. I want to see him get some light at the end of the tunnel so we’re going to get some advice on that.
“With Tom Lawrence he was back our training in isolation, had some real discomfort when he was running. They had a look and they had to do a procedure so he won’t be back until the back end of pre-season.”
At this stage, Rangers fans are probably better just assuming that some players will never play for the club again, with anything else a bonus.
It’s that bad and it’s hard to be positive when the club continues to invest their money into players who go on to spend more time in the physio’s room than the pitch at Ibrox.
We understand Kemar Roofe and Tom Lawrence will be hurting more than anyone, but when does it become one serious injury too many and we begin to point fingers at the medical department, training and recruitment?
Here’s more on the John Souttar update.