Rangers boss Gerrard provides injury update on Jermain Defoe after Arsenal incident
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Rangers boss Gerrard provides injury update on Jermain Defoe after Arsenal incident

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has provided an injury update on Jermain Defoe after he was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal [RangersTV].

Defoe is now technically a player-coach at Ibrox but he’s played a big part in pre-season on the pitch, with the coaching side of his role yet to begin.

Defoe in pre-season friendly action for Rangers against Tranmere Rovers. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

The 38-year-old started the first two fixtures against Partick Thistle and Tranmere Rovers and was selected again to face the Gunners on Saturday afternoon.

However, he wasn’t even able to make it to the interval, as he was replaced by Scott Wright in the 36th minute after appearing to pick up a muscle injury.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game, Gerrard provided an update on his former England teammate.

“I think he’s got a little tweak in his hamstring, so we’ll check that out in the coming days,” he said. “Hopefully it’s not a bad one.”

“I saw him walk off and normally when it’s a bad hamstring, you don’t walk off. So, that’s a positive.

“We just need to get all our main players back in the mix now and get them up to speed and once we do we’ll be fine.”

Steven Gerrard has provided an injury update on Rangers striker Jermain Defoe after he was forced off against Arsenal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clearly, it’s still very early days in terms of the injury, with Gerrard speaking before any scans had been carried out.

However, he’ll be hopeful that Defoe won’t miss any significant period of time, with Alfredo Morelos still not back following Colombia duty at the Copa America and the new season now only a couple of weeks away.

Fashion Sakala has finally linked up with his new teammates, though, and with Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten both also fit, the manager will still have plenty of attacking options either way.

Perhaps that’s why the Gers appear to have opted against activating their buy-back clause for a towering striker in outstanding form.