Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has opened up on his injury problems earlier in the season that left him sidelined for two months before returning to action and struggling to find form.
The Ibrox star picked up an ankle injury just a few games into the campaign and struggled to really get going after his return but has started to put in some really impressive performances.
Aribo admitted that he had to bide his time as he made his comeback, expecting to just hit the ground running following his first real injury of his career.
“I tried to get ahead of myself,” Aribo said [Daily Record].
“It was my first long-term injury and I thought I could just come back and get up to speed straight away.
“I knew I had to bide my time in the end but I just wanted to get back playing and be at my best straight away.
“But it’s been more of a journey rather than just getting to the finishing line straight away.”
The Nigerian international confessed that Gerrard’s own experiences of injuries as a player have helped him – as did his family – and the Ibrox star thinks it will also help him out in the future if he is hurt again.
“It has definitely helped, Aribo continued. “I know that if I ever get another injury, I’m going to have to take my time. I remember when I was first injured, I spoke to the gaffer and he told me that he’s been there.
“He understands it and said don’t worry about it. I would let it prey on my mind a lot, so even in that, telling me to take my time and you’ll be back, helped.
“I spoke to my family a lot more. I had them pushing me and helping me. They were around here and there, so having them with me kind of helped.”