Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has moved to clear up the injury situation surrounding Ryan Jack amid negative predictions about the Scotland midfielder’s future.
Jacko, 29, has been working his way back from a long-term calf injury which saw him undergo surgery and miss nine months of football this year.
Despite returning from injury in the last few months, Ryan Jack has seen playing time at Rangers severely limited to just three substitute appearances this season.
Some Rangers fans were writing off Ryan Jack after injury blow
Gers boss Gio had some fans worried about the midfielder’s injury situation when he claimed the club were diagnosing an issue pre-Lyon and couldn’t confirm if it was a flare up of the old injury.
Remarkably, this had some in Rangers circles writing the midfielder off very early with Ryan Jack having a contract at Ibrox until the summer of 2023.
Despite there being 18 months left to run on his deal – and Ryan Jack being an important player to Rangers in recent seasons – there was morose talk regarding letting the player go.
Rangers manager van Bronckhorst confirms Ryan Jack injury
Speaking to the media ahead of the Ibrox club’s clash with St Johnstone, Gio did confirm that Ryan Jack has an injury problem but claimed the player is expected to return after the winter break.
Having just come back from a lengthy injury lay-off, players are often subject to niggles but there clearly remains optimism Ryan Jack will be a part of the side this season.
“We hope to have Ryan Jack back as soon as possible but I think this will be just before the winter break or during the winter break,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“We hope to have Ryan back fully fit when we start after the winter break.
“He didn’t play a lot, and we could give him some minutes, but the last training session before Lyon he just had a moment again at the end of the session.
“He was disappointed but he felt it wasn’t as bad as he had before so hopefully we get a quick recovery and I’m sure he’ll be with us in the next couple of weeks to train again.”
Rangers also give injury update on Kemar Roofe
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst also gave an update regarding Kemar Roofe and his injury situation after the striker missed the clash with Hearts.
Jamaican international Kemar Roofe shared an update on social media regarding an injury “setback” and van Bronckhorst has confirmed this may also keep him out until January.
“Kemar has a setback again with an injury so hopefully he’ll be fit before the winter break but we’re not sure yet,” said Giovanni.
“But we definitely should have him back for after the winter break.”
The Ibrox manager also confirmed that there were “no new injuries” ahead of the match with St Johnstone.
The referee has also been confirmed as top of the table Rangers prepare to welcome St Johnstone, who’re rooted to the foot of the Scottish Premiership.