Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has provided an injury update regarding Ibrox first-teamers Rabbi Matondo and Leon King following the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Livingston.
The Ibrox manager is a man under pressure following the club’s latest slip-up and the Dutchman was facing the press after falling four points behind in the title race.
Whilst Van Bronckhorst has more pressing questions to answer, the Rangers manager spoke about taking Rabbi Matondo and Leon King off in the disappointing result.
Leon King was substituted off for James Sands at half-time, with the Rangers manager attributing the situation to the player being nauseous.
Rabbi Matondo was actually subbed off after being subbed on at halftime, the summer signing coming on for Steven Davis before being replaced by Fashion Sakala little over half an hour later.
Speaking after the game, Rangers manager Van Bronckhorst claimed that this was due to the winger having a back issue.
“Leon had to come off because he was feeling a little bit sick and nauseous,” said Van Bronckhorst.
“So that was why we brought James [Sands] in. Rabbi fell on his back so he couldn’t move so that’s why we took him off as well.”
Leon King and Rabbi Matondo add to Rangers injury worries
Whilst it’s not clear how long these knocks are set to effect both players, the injury prognosis certainly appears to favour Leon King with some fears regarding Rabbi Matondo.
With the likes of centre-backs Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and John Souttar already out for Rangers, fans will hope Leon King can make a swift return to the side.
As for Rabbi Matondo, the pacey winger has struggled to find form since joining the club from Schalke 04 in the summer and the jury remains out amongst Rangers fans.
A back issue could lead to a stint on the sidelines and that’s a worry for the club and the player, with the Welsh international failing to really make an impact since his move.
The club are also without several first-teamers through injury at present, with Ianis Hagi, Tom Lawrence and Glen Kamara also out of action.
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