Rangers defender Filip Helander has admitted that he’s been nursing a problem with his foot since last spring as concerns mount over whether he will be fit for Sweden’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Spain – but insists that he feels in “good shape anyway.”

Helander missed the win over Hamilton at the weekend because of the injury and Sweden boss Janne Andersson revealed earlier this week that he could miss both games in this round of internationals.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Filip Helander of Glasgow Rangers, Steven Berghuis of Feyenoord during the UEFA Europa League match between Glasgow Rangers v Feyenoord at the Ibrox Stadium on September 19, 2019 in Glasgow United Kingdom

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The former Bologna defender has been in and out of the side at Ibrox since his arrival from Serie A earlier this year but is confident that he is fit to play.

“I have had problems on and off with my foot since last spring, but it actually feels okay just now,” Helander said, as quoted by The Herald.

“I had a good rest over the summer, but I’ve had a lot of matches recently and it’s not really healed, but I feel in good shape anyway.

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“We play Malta first and it’s a match where we should be taking three points. We won’t underestimate Malta, but we know we must win and we are a better team than them.”

Fans have had a mixed reaction to Helander’s early appearances for the Gers and many were left unimpressed with his performance against Livingston a few weeks ago.

METHIL, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Filip Helander of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Scottish League Cup second round match between East Fife and Rangers at Bayview Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Methil, Scotland.

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If he does have to be managed moving forward and only played in certain games to avoid aggravating his problem then Steven Gerrard has enough depth to cover in Niko Katic and George Edmundson.

Curiously though, if there is an underlying problem there, it’s either something Rangers have missed in a medical or feel can be controlled – however with it looking like forcing him to miss the international games it could be bad news for the Gers.

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