Rangers fans have been boosted by welcome injury news ahead of a tough run domestically and in Europe with Filip Helander now in line to start for Sweden against Greece.
Helander, 28, has been on a fine run of form after scoring the Old Firm winner v Celtic before the break and then starring in a legendary World Cup qualifying win over Spain last week.
However, heading into the clash in Athens, manager Janne Andersson had previously risen doubts regarding Big Fil’s availability.
“Filip Helander (has) run individually in the gym. Some players have been given an adapted training load and will step up gradually,” said Andersson [Herald].
“It’s too early to say [if Filip Helander can play on Wednesday]. We can’t take it for granted.”
This naturally had some Gers fans fearing the worst regarding the on-form defender ahead of clashes with St Johnstone and Lyon heading into next week.
But there has been some good news with regards Helander’s situation as Andersson revealed the player is available to face the Greeks.
“Filip Helander is okay and fit to play,” said Andersson.
“He and some other players needed some rest and rehab after the game against Spain but he is ready to play Greece”.
This is a sizeable boost to Swedish chances with the Scandinavian nation making a blistering start to World Cup Qualification.
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Should the Swedes win in Greece that’ll make it four from four with the nation leapfrogging Spain into first – and also having a game more to play than the Spaniards.
For Rangers, the news that the big defender has come through unscathed will be a positive and now attention will turn to the game in Greece before the player returns to Ibrox.
However, one player will not be available for Rangers’ upcoming matches after he tested positive on international duty.