Rangers fans have been sending their best to midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh after life at Ibrox got off to a painful start following the discovery of a heart issue.
Nnamdi, 21, joined Rangers in the summer and there are high hopes for the ex-Bournemouth midfielder ahead of his time in Glasgow.
But Ofoborh has been stopped in his tracks after an issue was flagged up by Gers chiefs in an ECG following his arrival at the club’s training centre.
It’ll come as a big blow for Nnamdi and whilst Gers fans and the club’s management might be sounding out support, this will be a difficult period for the midfielder.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 17, 2021
“I don’t think you’ll see him in the short term,” said Rangers boss Gerrard. “Unfortunately something has flagged up with his ECG, which is the heart test.”
But as far as going through this process – albeit aknowledging at this stage the severity of the problem remains unclear – Ofoborh can take solace in a shared experience with key first-teamer Connor Goldson.
Rangers stalwart Goldson, 28, bounced back from a career threatening heart issue in 2017 which required surgery to go on and play for Brighton again in the Premier League.
Not only that, but Connor has been one of the foundations of Rangers’ success and played every single minute of the club’s legendary campaign last season.
Not bad for someone who may well have thought he might never kick a professional ball again when first diagnosed.
Whilst we’re sure Connor will proudly lend a helping hand, ear and shoulder for Ofoborh during the player’s recovery, it’s in Goldson’s success that Nnamdi can take huge inspiration.
If the big defender can go through similar – whilst three years Ofoborh’s senior at 24 – then Nnamdi will know that he can overcome his problems and shine at Ibrox.
Whilst the support network at the club and within the squad will be strong, Rangers fans have also put an arm around the midfielder as messages flood in on social media:
Devastating news about Nnamdi Ofoborh. Speedy recovery 💙 pic.twitter.com/cADWpYSCy6
— Regan (@Regan1872) July 17, 2021
Shocked to hear Nnamdi Ofoborh has a heart issue that's hindered his progress.
Hopefully it'll be sorted soon and we'll see him in the light blue.
Always a worry especially after recent events at the Euros. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Calum Robertson (@CalRobertsonA4U) July 17, 2021
Concerning news about Nnamdi Ofoborh . Hopes he’s okay.
— BMC (@BMCRangersRants) July 17, 2021
Devastating news about Nnamdi Ofoborh. Hope the doctors can fix whatever issue he has with his heart 💙
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) July 17, 2021
Nnamdi Ofoborh not being able to play because something was flagged up on his ECG. Hopefully he can get the specialist help he needs and get back to playing soon 🙏🏽
— ͏ ᴮᵉⁿ🇬🇧 (@BenBaker___) July 17, 2021
Wish the young chap Nnamdi Ofoborh all the very best and a speedy recovery.let’s hope it’s not to serious and we see him representing the famous asap!!!💙💙
— Craig Robertson (@CraigRo25196964) July 17, 2021
Good luck Nnamdi Ofoborh. ECG showing a heart issue needing further examination. https://t.co/nKADuWWbfX
— Dougie (@55Beats10) July 17, 2021
Feel terrible for Ofoborh, let’s hope he comes back better and mentally stronger
— Crazy Horse 🇬🇧 (@glasgowsportsfa) July 17, 2021
Hopefully Nnamdi Ofoborh can get the specialist help he needs and gets back playing soon
— ͏ ᴮᵉⁿ🇬🇧 (@BenBaker___) July 17, 2021
Hope Oforborh is ok and they get the heart problem sorted 🤞
— Andy H (@AndrewH17064735) July 17, 2021
Ex-Bournemouth midfielder Ofoborh signed a four-year pre-contract deal in January before being sent on loan to Wycombe Wanderers, for whom he helped to Championship promotion in 19/20.
Speaking of Connor Goldson, one leading report has claimed that the Gers are comfortable taking their time over a new deal for the centre-back, who is out of contract next year.