Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Filip Helander faces a lengthy wait to return to action from injury as the Gers boss admitted he is still a “couple of weeks” away from coming out of his protective boot.

Helander was injured in late stages of the League Cup final defeat by Celtic last month and it could be well into the year before he gets close to a return.

Steven Berghuis of Feyenoord, Filip Helander of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Rangers FC at De Kuip on November 28, 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Gerrard confessed that the Swede is still a “way off” fitness, handing an extended opportunity for Niko Katic to cement his place in the starting XI.

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“He’s a couple of weeks from coming out of the boot and then we can start progressing the rehab, so he’s still a way off,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Helander travelled with the squad to Dubai for the winter training camp but was pictured on crutches as the club flew out from Glasgow Airport last week.

 

Since arriving from Serie A side Bologna in the summer, Helander has made 17 appearances for the Light Blues, scoring twice.

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With Katic taking his place, Rangers fans will be confident they have a replacement who is more than capable of coming into the side and excelling as they look to push Celtic for the title.

 

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