Rangers winger Ryan Kent was a noticeable absentee from the MyGers open training session at Ibrox ahead of a big league clash with Hearts.

Kent hasn’t featured since picking up a hamstring injury in a Europa League defeat to Lyon on 16 September.

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Ryan Kent leaves the pitch after damaging his hamstring against Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The day after that match, Steven Gerrard estimated the Gers would be without the Englishman for ‘a few weeks’ [Sky Sports] and then on 24 September, he suggested that the player would be sidelined for another three to four weeks [Glasgow Times].

It’s rare that crocked stars actually return within the timescale Rangers provide, though, and it looks like Kent will be no exception.

It’s now three weeks since Gerrard’s second update but the 24-year-old’s absence from training suggests a comeback isn’t imminent.

 

That’s a significant blow for Rangers ahead of a top-of-the-table Premiership fixture, but the Hearts match isn’t the only one of importance in the diary.

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The Rangers winger was absent from training ahead of a big match against Hearts. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Next week, the Gers have a must-win Europa League game against Brøndby and before the end of the month, they will host Aberdeen and travel to both St Mirren and Motherwell in the league.

A positive update may be provided on Kent’s condition in the pre-Hearts presser later on Friday but it’s far from ideal that such a key performer remains sidelined for now.

The former Liverpool starlet has four assists to his name for 2021/22, while across last season, he scored 13 goals and racked up 15 assists.

Rangers could also be without a second influential attacker against the Jambos.

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