Steven Gerrard has provided an injury update on six players ahead of Rangers’ clash against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
The Gers are in action again on Sunday, just three days after their second-round Europa League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar.
Rangers had several injury concerns heading into that fixture and a knock picked up by Kemar Roofe in the first half had some Bears fearing the worst.
However, the manager delivered several pieces of positive news on Friday morning.
“We are confident that Roofe will pull through as he was sensible and didn’t take any risks,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “Balogun should hopefully be available.”
“Jack, Aribo and Barker won’t be available sadly. Morelos will be fine for Sunday, he has recovered great from the weekend.”
Gerrard provides Rangers injury update ahead of Hibernian clash – Verdict
The fact that Roofe, Balogun and Morelos should all be fit to feature at Easter Road is a triple boost for Rangers.
Roofe looked sharp for the opening 40 minutes against Lincoln Red Imps and it’s a relief that he didn’t sustain another serious calf problem, after his injury struggles at Anderlecht last season.
It’s a plus to have Balogun back available, too. The Nigeria international didn’t travel to Gibraltar after picking up a knock in the warm-up ahead of last Saturday’s league fixture against Dundee United and although Filip Helander is still favourite to start, his presence would bring extra quality to the bench.
There were concerns last weekend when Morelos was stretchered off after being caught by a dangerous Ryan Edwards challenge, but the Colombian international made a big impact off the bench in Thursday’s qualifier and he could start at the weekend.
It’s far from ideal to be without Ryan Jack (calf), Joe Aribo (ankle) and Brandon Barker (hamstring), two of whom would almost certainly have started if fit, but none of the trio had a realistic chance of making this fixture with each facing several more weeks on the sidelines.