Rangers fans will be concerned following Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic’s latest update on Borna Barisic.
Barisic starred for the Gers across the 2020/21 campaign and headed into Euro 2020 as Dalic’s no.1 left-back.
However, the 28-year-old was a surprise absentee for the Balkan nation’s tournament opener against England on Sunday.
Dalic explained that the Gers star had had ‘problems with injuries for the last ten days’ [Glasgow Live] but offered no details on the nature of the problems.
He’s since provided more information, but it doesn’t sound great for Barisic.
“Borna arrived to the camp and missed two training sessions because of a back injury he had previously with his club,” explained Dalic [Daily Record]. “He started working out again but unfortunately he’s not in the same shape as he was during the whole season.”
“He did an MRI scan today so we will see exactly what the situation with him is over the next few days. It is a problem for us, especially against Scotland when he would be at home.
“We will have to see his results then we will know more about his status going forward.”
Barisic was desperately unlucky to pick up an injury when he did after making it through the vast majority of the season unscathed and this update will undoubtedly worry a lot of Rangers fans.
Firstly, Bears will want him to get a chance to play at least some part in the Euros, given how hard he’s worked at club level to get there.
Secondly, if a scan detects something relatively serious, the full-back could become a doubt for the Gers’ crucial upcoming Champions League qualifiers.
Should Barisic be unavailable, Steven Gerrard may have to turn to Calvin Bassey, who has only made six senior starts in his career and none in European competition.