Rangers star Joe Aribo has sent a message to supporters on Twitter, promising to be back from injury soon.
The 24-year-old missed the Gers’ last three matches prior to the international break with an ankle problem but it was initially only considered to be a minor knock.
It had been hoped that he would return to the starting XI for Saturday’s clash against Dundee United at Ibrox but fans began to fear the worst when he was absent from a training gallery earlier this week.
Those fears were realised on Friday morning when Steven Gerrard confirmed that the Nigeria international had suffered a setback in his recovery and would be out for a further four to six weeks.
🎙️ SG: Katic has been to see a surgeon, that was very positive and he is happy with his progress. Joe Aribo has had a setback with an ankle strain and will be missing for 4-6 weeks. McGregor will have a scan on his knee over the weekend. Jones has returned with a small quad issue
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 11, 2020
It’s a huge blow for Rangers given how influential Aribo was both during pre-season and the opening matches of the 2020/21 Premiership campaign and many supporters expressed their disappointment on social media.
In response, the player took to Twitter himself to express his thanks and to promise that his return wouldn’t be too far away.
“Thanks for all the love and support,” Aribo wrote. “I’ll be back and better sooner than you think.”
Thanks for all the love and support. I’ll be back and better sooner than you think 😉🙏🏾💙 @RangersFC
— Joe Aribo (@J_Aribo19) September 11, 2020
Based on Gerrard’s timeline, the midfielder will at least miss Rangers’ next five fixtures and faces a battle to make the first Old Firm of the season on 17 October.
He’ll be hoping that his teammates can keep winning in his absence, though, so that when the derby comes around, the Light Blues will still be atop the Premiership table.