Rangers are set for an imminent boost after Steven Gerrard provided a positive injury update on key midfielder Scott Arfield [Official Rangers FC Twitter].
Arfield has been sidelined since picking up an ankle injury against Hibernian at Ibrox on Boxing Day.
He’s missed six Premiership fixtures and will be absent again when the Gers take on St Johnstone at home on Wednesday night.
However, it seems his return to action is near, with the Canada international expected to return to training in the coming days.
“Scott Arfield is due to start coming back into the group at the end of the week and really pleased it has gone to plan, the medical team have done a great job and he should hopefully be available for the European games,” said Gerrard [Official Rangers FC Twitter].
It’s excellent news for Gers fans that Arfield is close to a return, given how important a role he’s played so far this season.
The 32-year-old has made 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and notching five assists.
Given that Ryan Jack recently made his own comeback from injury, Gerrard will soon have a full complement of midfielders to choose from.
Arfield started five of Rangers’ six Europa League group stage matches, so having him back for the Round of 32 tie against Royal Antwerp constitutes a major boost.
Rangers will be making at least one adjustment to their Europa League squad for the knockout stages after a registered player left the club on loan on deadline day.