Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed that Welsh winger Tom Lawrence has been ruled out until after the World Cup in Qatar in a devastating injury blow.

The 28-year-old former Derby County captain was a shoo-in to go to the tournament with Wales this winter but could now miss the World Cup after suffering an injury in training.

This is after the player had originally recovered from an initial knock suffered in the 4-0 win over Ross County at the end of August.

“His recovery went on schedule but Tom sustained a new injury unfortunately this week,” said van Bronckhorst ahead of Rangers’ Champions League clash with Liverpool.

“We have to wait (to see) how long he will be out but I think it is going to be longer term.

“We are still diagnosing his injury but I don’t think we will have him back before the World Cup.”

Tom Lawrence latest Rangers World Cup injury blow

This represents a bitter blow to Rangers and to Tom Lawrence, with the winger one of the club’s strongest summer signings and the player beginning to settle into life at Ibrox.

Rangers will also come in for criticism from supporters as yet another player winds up on the treatment table with the Ibrox club showing a propensity for signing crocks.

Ahead of the weekend’s clash with Hearts, van Bronckhorst revealed that Rangers would be without centre-back pairing John Souttar – another summer signing – and Filip Helander until after the World Cup.

They join Romanian playmaker Ianis Hagi, who has been out since January this year after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion last season.

Jamaican international Kemar Roofe – whose Ibrox career has been blighted by injury setbacks – is back in training but is not yet ready to feature for the club.

Alex Lowry – last season’s breakthrough star – has also yet to feature for the first-team this season due to a series of injury problems whilst Nmandi Ofoborh has never played for Rangers after a heart defect was discovered following his move from Bournemouth in 2020.

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Whilst we wish Tom Lawrence all the best in his recovery from injury, there is being unlucky with these problems and there is being consistent and Rangers have a serious issue here.

In Lawrence, Souttar, Helander, Roofe and Hagi in particular, these are five of the squad’s highest earners who are not contributing.

In any team, where many of the biggest investments are not on the pitch, this is sure to have an impact and fans will be hoping the mounting injury problems don’t cost Rangers this season.

That said, they almost certainly already have, particularly in Europe, where the strongest Rangers XI from the squad will be unable to test itself at Champions League level this season.

Meanwhile, there are some doubts regarding a starting berth in the clash with Liverpool for one £85m man Rangers fans are very familiar with.

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