Lee Wallace’s injury concerns have continued once more as Steven Gerrard ruled him out of the Rapid Vienna match.
The chances of Wallace featuring were pretty much non-existent regardless of the injury. But, in truth, it’s just yet another set-back for the left-back. Wallace hasn’t been seen in a Rangers jersey since the 3-3 draw with Motherwell back in August.
Gerrard has stated in the past how having Wallace back was a big boost to the squad. The former captain hasn’t seen much in the way of game-time since his dispute with the club that carried over into this season.
But today, Gerrard confirmed that Wallace has suffered another knock that will set him back further. Speaking ahead of the Vienna clash, Gerrard had this to say on Wallace.
“Lee Wallace has picked up an injury in training – he’s got a grade one groin strain so he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.
“That is disappointing as he was looking better and better, so this will set him back a short while.”
Can’t catch a break
To an extent, you’ve got to feel sorry for Wallace. The left-back just can’t catch a break this season and has fallen way down the pecking order. Borna Barisic has taken his place in the side, with Jon Flanagan in reserve. Andy Halliday also appears to be a third-choice left-back if things get desperate.
Interestingly, it’s intriguing to hear Gerrard speak about Wallace’s progress. Whilst time is clearly running out for the Scotland international to get back in the Ibrox good books, he’s clearly impressing the manager. Whether it’s been in training or otherwise, Gerrard isn’t giving off the impression he’s itching to discard Wallace.
The former captain appears to have dusted himself down and gotten back to being a top professional. He’s been with Rangers through the darkest days in their history, and still deserves to be remembered fondly.
It’s important that Gers fans remember that Wallace did give his all for the club. It’s important to realise that the dispute with the club was simply down to his own high standards that he felt Rangers living up to.
Despite that, it’s still difficult to feel optimistic about Wallace’s future at Ibrox. Gerrard clearly still prefers several other options to playing the former Hearts man. This could simply be a case of terrific man-management by Gerrard.
Regardless, it’s another big set-back when every small one feels catastrophic for Wallace.
Meanwhile, Gerrard has also confirmed that Ryan Jack is available and ready to feature tomorrow night. Whether he will or not is still a doubt.