With Rangers needing him back as soon as possible, what is going on with Lassana Coulibaly?
The Mali international hasn’t been seen in a Rangers jersey since the 2-0 win over St Mirren earlier this month. The midfielder has made a storming start to life at Ibrox, and has made a really positive impression on the Gers support.
Coulibaly seemed to be working well with Ryan Jack when it came to breaking up opposition play. However, he also showed the occasional drive forward, and has already netted once this season against Maribor.
What’s the issue?
There’s no doubt that Rangers could do with their midfield enforced back as soon as possible. So what exactly is the problem?
Well, first of all Rangers fans were hearing that the 22-year-old on-loan Angers man needed a rest. Fortunately with the amount of midfield options available to Steven Gerrard, this was easy to provide.
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However, it appears that Coulibaly may have very well picked up a knock in the St Mirren win that’s causing more bother than first feared.
Gerrard has moved to clear the situation up, and confirmed there’s been more complications than first thought with his injury.
The injury has come with more complications than we originally thought. The physio and doctor are doing everything they can to get him back as quickly and safely. I am sure he’s frustrated and disappointed and so am I as a manager because he started so well and I want him available so I can pick him.
This is a big concern in more than one way for the club.
Coulibaly has been immense since arriving for the season. However, the injury is clearly a bad one and it’s just weeks into his Rangers career. Supporters will be hoping this doesn’t become a regular occurrence with him as the campaign rolls on.
As well as that, however, is how they fill his shoes for the Celtic game on Sunday.
Strong Parkhead doubt
The midfielder remains a strong doubt for the trip to Parkhead with this nasty thigh injury. Even if he does recover, however, throwing him in after several weeks missing would be too dangerous.
It was thought last week that Coulibaly would’ve been fit for the Ufa clash in Russia. However, it appears the injury is worse than first anticipated.
He is the kind of player Rangers could do with building their team around, so Gerrard has to be frustrated at how long his recovery has been so far.
The Rangers manager has big decisions to make ahead of the Parkhead visit. However, for now, it appears that Coulibaly’s injury is continuing to niggle away at him with no recovery date set.