Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has seen his side’s injury problems ease off a little with the news that Ryan Jack has returned to light training while Brandon Barker has an ‘outside chance’ of being fit for Sunday’s clash with Motherwell.
The Gers have been without the pair, plus Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe, in recent games after picking injuries but the Light Blues boss is slowly getting close to having a full-strength squad at his disposal again.
Rangers survived Thursday night's Europa League trip to Holland unscathed after picking up no fresh injuries.
Brandon Barker has an outside chance of being fit for Motherwell on Sunday. Ryan Jack has resumed light training and is progressing well. Roofe, Aribo and Katic still out
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) September 25, 2020
Gerrard’s side have also been without Jermain Defoe, Leon Balogun and Jermain Defoe at points this season so far while Niko Katic is out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a serious knee injury during pre-season.
Having Jack available again soon would be a massive boost for the Light Blues with little in the way of depth beyond Jack, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara for the three midfield roles in the side.
With the first Old Firm game rapidly approaching, it could just fall perfectly for Jack to be back to full fitness for the trip to Parkhead on October 17.
The upcoming international break means opportunities for game-time for Jack before then will be limited but a return to action next week against Ross County at Ibrox would at least get him some minutes under his belt before the break.
While there is positive news on Jack and Barker, the lack of any timeline being put on Roofe and Aribo’s returns is slightly concerning and, hopefully, Rangers can give an idea of when they are both expected back after originally suffering injuries that would apparently only keep them out for a matter of days.