Influential Gers star must be big doubt for Young Boys after Hampden incident
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Rangers defender Helander looks to be doubtful for Europa League clash

Filip Helander looks to be a major doubt for Rangers ahead of Thursday evening’s crunch Europa League clash against Young Boys.

The Gers are already set to be without the influential Steven Davis, who missed the League Cup final due to a calf problem and has been ruled out for several matches by Steven Gerrard [BT Sport].

Davis will not feature against Young Boys due to injury sustained last week. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, the big Swede could be set to join him on the sidelines.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

In the final ten minutes of Sunday’s Hampden showpiece, Odsonne Edouard appeared to accidentally tread on the defender’s foot, leaving him on a heap on the floor asking to be substituted.

When Gerrard duly obliged, Helander limped off to be replaced by Nikola Katic.

Given that the decisive clash against the Swiss is in just a matter of days, there has to be real question marks over his availability.

Helander during the away fixture against the Swiss side in Berne. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Should he miss the game, it will be a blow for the Gers, considering how strongly he has performed throughout the group stages. He’s played every minute of the campaign so far alongside Connor Goldson.

Helander’s loss is likely to be Nikola Katic’s gain, with the Croatian colossus now in line for his first start since October.

Since joining the club in the summer of 2018, he’s been deployed more regularly in domestic football than in Europe, with loanee Joe Worrall often selected as Goldson’s defensive partner during the previous campaign.


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