Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could be left dangerously short in a key position for the upcoming fixture against Motherwell after Leon Balogun picked up an injury during Wednesday night’s League Cup defeat in Paisley.

With around ten minutes remaining in the game, Balogun mistimed a jump and was flattened by St Mirren’s powerful striker Jon Obika.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could be without Leon Balogun against Motherwell. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He received treatment on the pitch for several minutes before gingerly walking to the touchline to be substituted off.

After the game, Gerrard expressed his hope that the Nigeria international would be able to “pull through” for the weekend [Glasgow Times].

Yet, given that Balogun was visibly groggy following the collision, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll be ready to play again on Saturday.

What’s more, if the 32-year-old has picked up a concussion, he’ll miss around two weeks of action, which could mean up to four Premiership fixtures.

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Given that George Edmundson is serving a suspension until the last of those games and that Nikola Katic is still injured, Gerrard would then be left dangerously short in a key area.

With Lewis Mayo out on loan at Dunfermline, Connor Goldson and Filip Helander would be the only available specialist centre-backs.

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Goldson and Helander haven’t played together for well over a month. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It near guarantees that there will be no opportunity to rest Goldson, who has played every minute of every game so far this season, while Helander hasn’t featured at club level since 5 November after falling out of favour before testing positive for Covid-19.

Calvin Bassey can fill in at the heart of defence if things become desperate, but the 20-year-old’s inexperience was laid bare at left-back in the League Cup defeat.

Rangers will be relieved they have a home fixture against an out of sorts Motherwell side on Saturday, but even if they come through that game, centre-back concerns look set to continue through to the New Year.

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