Rangers look to have been dealt a significant blow ahead of their top-of-the-table Premiership clash with Hearts at the weekend.

The vast majority of the players away on international duty in the last week were back in Glasgow and fit enough to take part in the MyGers open training session at Ibrox on Thursday.

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Joe Aribo returned injury-free after World Cup Qualifying action for Nigeria. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

However, one noticeable absentee from the event was Kemar Roofe.

Given that Jamaica’s final World Cup Qualifier of three in less than a week took place overnight in Honduras, he was never expected to be involved in Govan.

Yet, Rangers expect him to be available for selection against the Jambos [Heart&Hand] and fans were hoping that the 28-year-old would at least be on his way back to the UK, given that Saturday afternoon’s clash is almost upon us.

That doesn’t appear to be the case, though, as at around 3pm BST on Thursday, he posted a video to his Instagram story from San Pedro Sula in Honduras ahead of a recovery session in a swimming pool.

With the striker 5000 miles away from Glasgow 48 hours before the Gers are in action, it’s now highly unlikely that he’ll play a substantial role at the weekend.

Roofe appeared to still be in Honduras 48 hours before the Hearts clash in a blow for Rangers. (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

It’ll be a big blow if a combination of playing-related fatigue and considerable travelling time renders him only available for a cameo at most.

The ex-Leeds United and Anderlecht star has been a key source of goals for Steven Gerrard so far this season, netting six times in eleven appearances in all competitions and he’ll be full of confidence after scoring his first international goal in what was an impressive 2-0 win over Honduras.

The manager isn’t short of options up front, though, with another forward now seemingly available despite concerns.

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