Rangers are sweating after being informed about Scott Arfield’s hamstring injury picked up on international duty.
The former Burnley midfielder is the current Canada captain, and was set to face Dominica yesterday. Yet, he found himself ruled out after picking up a hamstring knock in training on Sunday.
This led to him sitting out of training on Monday and not featuring at all in Canada’s 5-0 rout of Dominica. This is the first time that Arfield has suffered a nasty knock since arriving in the summer.
Fortunately, there could be a glimmer of light in this story for Rangers fans. Canada’s national team manager claimed that leaving Arfield out of training and the match was just precautionary.
“If we don’t need to play him in this match, we won’t. It’s all precautionary for him. He doesn’t need to go put himself on the line at this stage.”
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Waiting on the results
Instead of heading out to training on Monday, Arfield was sent for a scan. The results of which everyone is still waiting on. Certainly, however, the word “hamstring” will strike a bit of fear into Rangers supporters.
Rangers are finally back in action on Sunday when they travel to Hamilton Accies. Nothing other than a solid three points and a good performance will be demanded by the Rangers support. It now looks as tough Steven Gerrard is going to have to do that without his reliable midfielder.
The injury could open up a door for several players to get back into the side. Andy Halliday could continue his incredible Rangers comeback at the Hope CBD Stadium. Graham Dorrans is another possible choice for Gerrard should he see fit.
Ross McCrorie will be coming into training on a high after captaining Scotland at under-21 level once more. Despite that, however, the Scots lost both of their matches against Ukraine and England respectively.
Hopeffully we find out the results of Arfield’s scan sooner rather than later. Until then, however, it’s likely that he’ll be missing out against Accies.